All military camps fly half-mast flags over death of 11 soldiers

All military camps fly half-mast flags over death of 11 soldiers

The entire Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is mourning the death of 11 Philippine Army (PA) soldiers during an encounter with terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu province.

"The entire AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) mourns today, 17 April 2020, and our flags in all military camps around the country will be flown at half-mast as 11 Army heroes offered their lives at past 3 p.m. to protect and defend the people of Sulu," AFP spokesperson, Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, said 

Arevalo was referring to the operation of the Delta Company, 21st Infantry Battalion in Sitio Bud Lubong, Barangay Danag, Patikul, Sulu whose members encountered an estimated 40 Abu Sayyaf Group terrorists led by Radullan Sahiron and Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan.

Camp Heneral Emilio Aguinaldo
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As per report the clash lasted for one hour and resulted in the death of 11 soldiers and the wounding of 14 other troopers.
"This pursuit operation followed two major encounters the previous days where our soldiers inflicted heavy casualties to the enemy (killed and wounded) in both armed engagements. High-powered firearms were also seized by our operating units," Arevalo said.
The Military encounter exemplifies the role of the AFP in protecting the nation against all forms of threat amid the threat of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 pandemic.

"While the entire nation is grappling with (the) Covid-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic, our troopers are in the forefront as the government’s arm to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease on the one hand while in the other, they are battling this terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group," Arevalo said, adding that operations against the group were ongoing, according to 11th Infantry Division commander, Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan.

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