On Friday, security forces of the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) bombarded an area in the hinterlands of Patikul, where around 200 Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Radullan Sahiron and Hajan Sawadjaan were believed holed out.
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AFP pounds Abu Sayyaf lairs in Sulu
Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) - March 10, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) launched air strikes targeting Abu Sayyaf lairs in Sulu yesterday as the military continued its offensive.

On Friday, security forces of the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) bombarded an area in the hinterlands of Patikul, where around 200 Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Radullan Sahiron and Hajan Sawadjaan were believed holed out.

“As of 6:40 a.m. yesterday, the PAF conducted bomb runs... in Sitios Agas-Agas and Limasan in Barangay Kabbun Takas, Patikul,” Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo Jr., JTFS commander, said.

The assault operations were conducted after the bandits, who were reportedly plotting fresh terror attacks, were monitored in the area.

Pabayo said no casualties have so far been reported, noting that clearing operations are ongoing.

Col. Gerry Besana, spokesman for the Western Command (Westcom), said there would be no letup in military offensives.

Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, Westcom commander, appealed to the public for prayers for the safety of government troopers.

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