Company commander among 3 soldiers killed in Basilan clash

MANILA, Dec. 16 (PNA) --- A company commander, with the rank of captain, was among the three soldiers killed during the operation at Barangay Macalang, Albarka, Basilan which resulted in the killing of 15 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits and wounding of seven other brigands.

Operations started Monday and is still ongoing as of this posting with government forces overrunning a major ASG base in the area.

This was confirmed by Major Filemon Tan, Western Mindanao Command spokesperson, Wednesday.

However, he did not give the name of the fallen officer and two fatalities pending notification of their next-of-kin.

Military wounded in the operation was placed at 13.

All government casualties will be given medals and commendations, Tan added.

ASG casualty reports are based on intelligence reports, he stressed.

The Western Mindanao Command spokesperson said focused military operations would continue with other units relieving exhausted formations.

Units involved in the offensive include troopers from the 104th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, 4th Special Forces Battalion, Marine Special Operations Group, and 12th Light Armor Cavalry.

It was aimed at reducing the ASG presence in the area.(PNA)

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