A suspected Islamic jihadist was shot and killed by an Army officer after the former attacked and wounded the latter while patrolling the vicinity of their camp before dawn Friday in Barangay Bunhanginan, Patikul, Sulu.
Joint Task Group Sulu commander Brigadier General Alan Arrojado said the body of the jihadist had been turned over to the police for identification and proper disposition.
He said Master Sergeant Esmeraldo Manugay, although he only suffered minor hack wounds on his head and back, was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.
“It was Manugay himself who shot and killed the jihadist,” Arrojado said.
Manugay of the 10th Infantry Battalion, was doing his rounds at 5:15 a.m. in the periphery of their headquarters when the jihadist attacked him from behind.
“The jihadist hacked the duty officer and tried to grab his firearm. They scuffled and when Manubay had the chance he shot the suspect in the head who died on the spot,” Arrojado said.
The gunshot woke up the entire headquarters and the battalion commander immediately sent two companies of soldiers to conduct route security to make sure no more enemies lurking in and outside the headquarters’ vicinity.
The island province of Sulu, like Basilan, is the lair the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group. According to the military, there at least more or less 200 ASG fully armed members who were subjects of intensified operations by nearly division-size government troopers.