Philippine army captures ‘last stronghold’ of Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

(From UPI)

The Philippine army special forces seized the “last stronghold” of the Abu Sayyaf militant group in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, after one month of fighting, military officials said.

Philippine army seizes Abu Sayaff base

The Philippine army’s special forces seized bunkers, tunnels, several foxholes and two improvised explosive devices from Abu Sayyaf in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan

“The hill is the ASG’s last stronghold after the terrorists went on the run from the relentless military operation that started last July,” Lt. Ron Villarosa, public affairs officer of the 4th Special Forces Battalion, said in a Facebook post, using an acronym for the group.

He said Abu Sayyaf suffered some casualties in a power base called Hill 355 at Barangay Silangkum on Monday.

“Living up as silent professionals, the 4th Special Forces Battalion is in the forefront on the ‘war on terror’ in Basilan Province — silently doing their share of such critical task — without fanfare nor trumpet’s blare,” he wrote. Read More

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