Becky D. de Asis
Jolo, Sulu – A group of Abu Sayyaf ambushed a patrolling marines led by 1Lt. Romelito Macaraig of MBLT-2 while conducted a foot patrol along the vicinity of Sitio Unod Lupa, barangay Kiyutaan, Talipao, Sulu today, April 6.
Deputy Director Police Superintendent Roel Lamiing said there are more or less 30 Abu Sayyaf men equipped with assorted high powered firearms led by certain ASG Sub-leader Idang Susukan in the place.
Police identified the two wounded as Cpl. Marlon B. Balatayo and PFC Ryan delos Reyes.
Lamiing said last April 4 at around 5:30 in the morning, explosion and shooting incidents transpired at barangay Sandah, Patikul, this province where 20 unidentified armed men planted improvised explosive devised or EID and fired three grenade launcher at the vicinity of barangay Sandah, Patikul.
After the explosion a firefight between the government troops and the armed men took place that lasted 5 minutes and residents started to leave the place.