14 Abu Sayyaf rebels captured, 1 killed in S Philippines

12:44, May 15, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

A least 14 members of the Abu Sayyaf rebels were captured and another one was killed following an encounter Saturday dawn with the Philippine government troops in the country's south, military said.

The troops, composed of members from the 13th Scout Ranger Company and Scout Ranger Class 175, also captured several high- powered firearms and ammunition, according to Rear Admiral Alexander Pama, chief of the Task Force Trillium, a joint military unit tasked to hunt down the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan.

Pama said the two groups of scout rangers were on combat mission when they encountered 15 Abu Sayyaf militants led by a certain Umar Ipong alias Uman Ipong at about 05:30 a.m. local time Saturday in Sumisip town, Basilan province.

Fierce gunbattle ensued before the troops cornered the Abu Sayyaf militants leaving one killed and 14 others captured.

"The Scout Rangers outmaneuvered the Abu Sayyaf militants and pounced them that resulted to the success of the operation,"Pama said.

Pama added that the soldiers also captured several assault weapons from the captured militants from the encounter site including one M203 grenade launcher tube, six M16 rifles, one garrand rifle, two Icom transceivers, a grenade, a piece of blasting cap, a round of 60 mm mortar ammunition, two battery packs for Icom, eight sets of battle dress uniforms, three jungle packs, 7 ammunition carrying vests, three pairs of combat boots, and two cellularphones.

[1] [2]

  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Focus On China
  • Shanghai World Expo 2010
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Phelps wins 200m free, 100m butterfly at Charlotte UltraSwim
  • Federer defeats Gulbis 2-1
  • Nadal beats Monfils 2-0 at Madrid Open
  • Chicago college students celebrate end of term
  • Kyrgyzstan's interim leader meets Russian president envoy
  • British prime minister visits Scotland
Most Popular
Hot Forum Dicussion