Philippines: 18 Soldiers killed by militant Islamic Group

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The Philippines Military says 18 soldiers were killed in an intense 10 hour gunfight with militant Islamic terrorists in the Southern Philippines. More than 50 soldiers were wounded in the battle with members of Abu Sayyaf on Basilan Island, with a regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan confirming that 4 of the government troops were beheaded in an ambush by over 100 Abu Sayyaf militants.  “This is part of the military operations against the Abu Sayyaf,” launched after a series of abductions of foreigners, he told reporters.

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The Philipiine government recently reiterated a 'no ransom' policy after 60 million US was demanded by the terrorists for three hostages including a Norwegian and two Canadians
The Philipiine government recently reiterated a ‘no ransom’ policy after 60 million US was demanded by the terrorists for three hostages including a Norwegian and two Canadians

Abu Sayyaf had released an Italian hostage held for 6 months Rolando del Torchio on Friday, as a deadline approached for three other kidnapped hostages, two Canadians and a Norwegian. The terrorist group had threatened to execute them unless a $60 Million US ransom was paid by Saturday April 9th. The Armed Forces of the Philippines were on their way to attack a militant hideout said another spokesman from the Government forces when they were set upon.

“Our group was heading to attack them. On the way, they were ambushed,” Colonel Benedict Manquiquis, spokesman for the unit involved in the battle, told local radio station dzRH.

“The enemy had the high ground so no matter where our soldiers fled to seek cover, they could still be hit by the heavy firepower and improvised explosive devices of the members of the Abu Sayyaf group,” he said.

The soldiers killed in action were taken to a military gym in the province of Zamboanga where the boxing fight of national hero Mannny Pacquiao was to be screened live but hastily cancelled as the bodies were brought in. The final casualties are expected to rise confirmed the military spokesman as the situation on the ground becomes clearer and encounters are still ongoing between the AFP and Abu Sayyaf.

The US government has offered a $5 Million US reward for information leading to the capture of Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon, whose son Ubalda Hapilon was one of five casualties from the terrorist group, which included a Moroccan national, identified as Mohammad Khattab.

Becoming an all too familiar site - Here Philiipine forces carry the flag-draped coffins of soldiers killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan province, on August 14 2009, as they are brought to a gymnasium in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines
Becoming an all too familiar site – Here Philiipine forces carry the flag-draped coffins of soldiers killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan province, on August 14 2009, as they are brought to a gymnasium in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines

The Abu Sayyaf group was set up in the early 1990’s with funding from Al Qaeda to create a more Islamic group as an offshoot of the Moro National Liberation Front. The Basilan based leader Isnilon Hapilon had recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS). The group is thought to be holding 18 foreign hostages and the insurgency in the Southern Phillipines has claimed over 100,000 lives since the 1970’s.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has released a list of the names of the slain soldiers:

  • 1LT Remegio B Licena PA
  • SSg Makin B Jarani PA
  • Sgt Jayson Alani Inf PA,44IB
  • Sgt Paterno G Oquino PA
  • Sgt Akhad M Usman PA
  • Cpl Rodelio Bangcairin PA
  • Cpl Rodel Perolino PA
  • Cpl Dionisio L Labial PA
  • Cpl Rakib Kadil PA
  • Cpl Reezvi Arshcelo H Gandawali PA
  • Cpl Noel R Else PA
  • Cpl Darius Bulan PA
  • Cpl Ibrahim Palao PA
  • Pfc Kevin Rey S Verano PA
  • Pvt Dunemark Gil Saldivar PA
  • Pfc Marjun Duhaylungsod Inf PA
  • Pfc Marjohri G Monte Inf PA
  • Pfc Doren A Aspurias Inf PA
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The Philippines Military says 18 soldiers were killed in an intense 10 hour gunfight with militant Islamic terrorists in the Southern Philippines. More than 50 soldiers were wounded in the battle with members of Abu Sayyaf on Basilan Island, with a regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan confirming that 4 of the government troops were beheaded in an ambush by over 100 Abu Sayyaf militants.  “This is part of the military operations against the Abu Sayyaf,” launched after a series of abductions of foreigners, he told reporters.

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The Philippines Military says 18 soldiers were killed in an intense 10 hour gunfight with militant Islamic terrorists in the Southern Philippines. More than 50 soldiers were wounded in the battle with members of Abu Sayyaf on Basilan Island, with a regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan confirming that 4 of the government troops were beheaded in an ambush by over 100 Abu Sayyaf militants.  “This is part of the military operations against the Abu Sayyaf,” launched after a series of abductions of foreigners, he told reporters.

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The Philipiine government recently reiterated a 'no ransom' policy after 60 million US was demanded by the terrorists for three hostages including a Norwegian and two Canadians
The Philipiine government recently reiterated a ‘no ransom’ policy after 60 million US was demanded by the terrorists for three hostages including a Norwegian and two Canadians

Abu Sayyaf had released an Italian hostage held for 6 months Rolando del Torchio on Friday, as a deadline approached for three other kidnapped hostages, two Canadians and a Norwegian. The terrorist group had threatened to execute them unless a $60 Million US ransom was paid by Saturday April 9th. The Armed Forces of the Philippines were on their way to attack a militant hideout said another spokesman from the Government forces when they were set upon.

“Our group was heading to attack them. On the way, they were ambushed,” Colonel Benedict Manquiquis, spokesman for the unit involved in the battle, told local radio station dzRH.

“The enemy had the high ground so no matter where our soldiers fled to seek cover, they could still be hit by the heavy firepower and improvised explosive devices of the members of the Abu Sayyaf group,” he said.

The soldiers killed in action were taken to a military gym in the province of Zamboanga where the boxing fight of national hero Mannny Pacquiao was to be screened live but hastily cancelled as the bodies were brought in. The final casualties are expected to rise confirmed the military spokesman as the situation on the ground becomes clearer and encounters are still ongoing between the AFP and Abu Sayyaf.

The US government has offered a $5 Million US reward for information leading to the capture of Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon, whose son Ubalda Hapilon was one of five casualties from the terrorist group, which included a Moroccan national, identified as Mohammad Khattab.

Becoming an all too familiar site - Here Philiipine forces carry the flag-draped coffins of soldiers killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan province, on August 14 2009, as they are brought to a gymnasium in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines
Becoming an all too familiar site – Here Philiipine forces carry the flag-draped coffins of soldiers killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan province, on August 14 2009, as they are brought to a gymnasium in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines

The Abu Sayyaf group was set up in the early 1990’s with funding from Al Qaeda to create a more Islamic group as an offshoot of the Moro National Liberation Front. The Basilan based leader Isnilon Hapilon had recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS). The group is thought to be holding 18 foreign hostages and the insurgency in the Southern Phillipines has claimed over 100,000 lives since the 1970’s.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has released a list of the names of the slain soldiers:

  • 1LT Remegio B Licena PA
  • SSg Makin B Jarani PA
  • Sgt Jayson Alani Inf PA,44IB
  • Sgt Paterno G Oquino PA
  • Sgt Akhad M Usman PA
  • Cpl Rodelio Bangcairin PA
  • Cpl Rodel Perolino PA
  • Cpl Dionisio L Labial PA
  • Cpl Rakib Kadil PA
  • Cpl Reezvi Arshcelo H Gandawali PA
  • Cpl Noel R Else PA
  • Cpl Darius Bulan PA
  • Cpl Ibrahim Palao PA
  • Pfc Kevin Rey S Verano PA
  • Pvt Dunemark Gil Saldivar PA
  • Pfc Marjun Duhaylungsod Inf PA
  • Pfc Marjohri G Monte Inf PA
  • Pfc Doren A Aspurias Inf PA
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