IDPs in Mindanao growing in numbers

October 1, 2009 at 10:12 pm (Uncategorized)

 

Report from Mindanao

ASG Fierce Attack on Soldiers’ Camp

 

A few days following the government offensive during Ramadan against the Abu Sayyaf, Commander Habier Malik and the Abu Sayyaf Group threatened JIHAD against the government. Malik warned civilians in the vicinity of Camp General Teodoro Bautista to leave the area. Many residents living near the military camp were evacuated to different evacuation centers.

On October 6, 2009, the Muslim rebels / terrorists made true of their threat. A very large force of ASG and suspected members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), mounted a fierce attack against government troops based in Camp General Teodoro Bautista in Brgy. Bus-bus, Jolo, Sulu and another force at Jolo Airport, by artillery shelling with mortar and M203 rocket launchers and high powered rifles.

Fortunately for the soldiers, the PNP augmentation troops stationed at the Provincial Capitol, Patikul, Sulu and the at Jolo Airport, immediately responded to the first burst of fire and engaged the attacking armed elements and were able to repulse the same. The terrorist elements retreated to vegetated area surrounding Camp Bautista and Jolo Airport.

As of this writing, there are no reported casualties from the government side, but undetermined casualties from the group of the ASG and suspected MNLF component. However, thousands of displaced persons are suffering from the conflict and the continuing hostilities. Aside from these, bombing attacks happen nearly every day in Sulu. As of the last count, US soldiers and local military as well as many civilians have already died in the daily attacks by the terrorists.

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