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1 hurt as ASG bandits ambush Sulu police convoy.

A policeman was injured when Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits ambushed a police convoy in the province of Sulu, a military official said Monday.

Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson, said the ambush occurred in Barangay Igasan, Patikul, Sulu at about 7:59 a.m., as the police convoy was traveling from Igasan to Barangay Taglibi in the same town.

Encinas said a 10-minute clash ensued as the policemen returned fire and engaged the ASG bandits in a firefight.

The name of the wounded policeman was not immediately known as of posting time.

Encinas said troops from the patrol base in Igasan failed to send reinforcement as the ASG bandits also opened fire at them, using small arms, before heading east.

Another 10-minute firefight ensued, he said, as the reinforcing Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team members from Kan Ague village encountered the fleeing ASG bandits.

He said the ASG bandits fled south to the hinterlands of Patikul town.

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Publication:Philippines News Agency
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Aug 19, 2019
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