Photos released by the Philippine Army in Basilan province show assorted weapons recovered by troops under Colonel Nicanor Dolojan following a firefight with Abu Sayyaf militants in the town of Tipo-Tipo on Sunday, January 9, 2011. An Abu Sayyaf sub-leader and his follower were killed in the fighting and a third militant is captured by soldiers. (Mindanao Examiner).
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 9, 2011) – Troops had killed on Sunday two Abu Sayyaf militants blamed for the spate of terrorism and kidnappings in the southern Philippine province of Basilan, the military said.
It said army soldiers clashed with militants headed by Patti Kabulot, near the village of Baguindan in Tipo-Tipo town, a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf and the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is fighting for a separate state in the troubled region.
“The fighting broke out after troops tracked down the militants in the village and a firefight ensued. One gunman was also captured by soldiers,” said Army Colonel Nicanor Dolojan, commander of military forces in Basilan.
He said among the dead was Kabulot, a known Abu Sayyaf sub-leader. There were no reports of military casualties in the 45-minute fighting.
“The successful operation was the result of good information from the locals who are tired of the Abu Sayyaf,” he said.
Dolojan said troops also recovered an anti-tank rocket and two munitions, among others.
The Abu Sayyaf is still holding a kidnapped Filipino-Chinese resort owner Larry Tam delos Santos in Basilan, one of five province under the Muslim autonomous region.
Delos Santos was kidnapped in December and that his captors demanded P20 million ransoms for his safe release. (Mindanao Examiner)