MANILA, April 12 (PNA) — The number of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits killed in the ongoing clearing operations in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Napo, Inabanga town, Bohol has now climbed to six.
This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla in a message Wednesday.
“Clearing and mopping up operations are still ongoing. As of 1:30 a.m. one more bandit was neutralized bringing to six (the number of) enemy killed and accounted for. Government casualties remain at three soldiers (one junior officer and two enlisted personnel) and one policeman. We also have one wounded,” he added.
An estimated 60 ASG bandits are believed to be holed up in the above-mentioned area.
The military has cordoned the area after it received reports from civilians on the sighting of three suspicious looking pumpboats entering the locality Monday night.
PRIAM F. NEPOMUCENO