MANILA--- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has bombed and captured three terrorist camps in Butig, Lanao Del Sur during focused military operations there since Wednesday last week.
AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla made this announcement Monday, as he stressed that pursuit operations continue against an estimated 150 Abu Sayyaf and Maute Group bandits holed in the area.
He said all these camps were bombed and afterwards combed by ground troops.
Padilla declined to give specifics on what items or materiels were found there, adding that they will do so once they have completed the mission.
As of this posting, 15 terrorists were killed, eight were wounded, including Abu Sayyaf Group commander Isnilon Hapilon who was severely wounded in the surgical air and artillery strike conducted by the AFP last January 25.
Among the 15 terrorists claimed killed is an Indonesian terror suspect identified only as "Mohisen," and two other local terrorists identified as Sahl Num and one alias "Sadat".
Padilla, however, declined to comment on whether ground units have already cornered the wounded terrorist leader and his remaining followers.
The AFP spokesperson said the military will continue to allocate men, equipment and other resources to ensure that the threats posed by these groups in Mindanao are totally eliminated.
The ongoing offensive is part of AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo AAo self-proclaimed deadline of eliminating these threats within six months. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency