The Armed Forces of the Philippines Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) seized one of Abu Sayyaf’s encampments in Sulu province on Wednesday, May 25.
According to a statement released by the AFP Wesmincom, 14th Scout Ranger Company was able to take Idang Susukan’s camp located in Barangay Gulangan, Maimbung, Sulu after a 45-minute gunfight with the rebels.
In another news, a member of the 35th Infantry Battalion were killed early morning on Thursday at around 5:30 a.m. and another was injured by as two suspected members of Abu Sayyaf shot them.
According to GMA News, the two army members were only identified as "PFC Buhol" and "PFC Javier." Buhol was declared dead on the spot and succumbed to a gunshot wound in the head while Javier was brought to Camp Teodolfo Bautista due to an injured leg.
Both Buhol and Javier were riding a motorcycle and were making their way back to their headquarters in Barangay Liang, Patikul, Sulu, when they were shot by two men also on a motorcycle.
Past efforts to dismantle the group have been underway for some time already. For isntance, on March 27, an Abu Sayyaf camp in Sitio Buhe Buug in the village of Macalang, Al-Barka, Basilan, was captured by the Army’s 18th Infantry Battalion, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members and BPAT members from the towns of Sumisip, Tuburan, Akbar and Al-Barka.
On April 18, furthermore, government forces were also able to get hold of three Abu Sayyaf camps located in Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo town.
The camp was recovered by elements of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion. The camp was said to be hastily abandoned by the terrorist group. Other camps that were captured by the AFP were located in Sitio Bayoko, Barangay Baguindan and Barangay Amaloy in Ungkaya Pukan town where several factions of the Abu Sayyaf retreated.