Government troops and suspected Abu Sayyaf Group exchanged gunfires in a municipality in Bohol.
Based on the statement of military Central Command chief Lieutenant General Oscar Lactao and police regional director Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño,
“Tactical victories have been accomplished, with 5 body counts and a number of high-powered firearms recovered as of 1 p.m. today… Four of our brave troops, however, made the supreme sacrifice of giving their lives during the course of the operation.”
“We want to congratulate our people in Bohol. The government security forces simply reinforced the vigilance of the Boholanos who organized themselves into a strong force to keep the province safe from any threat groups,”
in addition to the joint statement.
The encounter began early in the morning. The group was “well armed with heavy caliber weapons” but was already cornered in “an isolated section of the sitio”.
Security forces increased the presence of the local police and the military. They also deployed additional troops for sea and air.
The gunfires ended early in the afternoon. As a result, casualties counted 3 soldiers, 1 policeman, and 5 suspected Abu Sayyaf. They cleared operations in the area right after.