|June–July 2016 Sulu and Basilan clashes|
|Part of Moro conflict|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Rodrigo Duterte|| Isnilon Hapilon
| Philippine Army
|5000(not all involved in clashes)||about 200 in Sulu;
about 200 in Basilan
|Casualties and losses|
||50 killed,30+ wounded
After the Canadian hostage John Ridsdel had been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf group(ASG) in late April 2016, another Canadian hostage, Robert Hall was beheaded on June 13, 2016. The ASG even demanded $13 million ransom for the release of two hostages they held.
On 17 June ,about 5,000 Philippine soldiers had been deployed to the target areas in Sulu to track down the ASG.
On 21 June,Soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Battalion encountered about 200 ASG members in Patikul town past 2 p.m. 3 members of the ASG were killed and at least 10 were wounded.16 Army soldiers were also wounded.
One day after on 22 June,another firefight left at least 7 members of the ASG killed and 18 soldiers wounded.
As the operation tracking down two hostages continued,on 7 July,troops encountered suspected members of the ASG.One soldier was dead and 6 soldiers were wounded.As for the ASG,9 was killed and at least 19 militants were wounded.
When this firefight had lasted to 11 July,the number of ASG killed rose to 22.
On 6 July, 7:30pm,Suspected ASG bandits led by Furuji Indama and Isnilon Hapilon stormed a barangay (village) in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan.The attack targeted the headquarters of 18th Infantry Battalion. Then the ASG had occupied and fortified one hill called Hill 490 of Ungkaya Pukan town as a staging point.
On 12 July,6am,army rangers were closing in to assault Hill 490 after air and artillery struck to soften the ASG's defenses.But one army ranger was killed and 5 others were injured after one of them tripped an improvised explosive device.The government casualties were immediately airlifted to Camp Navarro General Hospital in this city for treatment.
At least 18 militants have been killed and 9 have been wounded in Basilan operations.
- ↑ "Philippines: Abu Sayyaf group beheads Canadian hostage". http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/abu-sayyaf-groups-beheads-canadian-hostage-160613090026588.html.
- ↑ "Philippines deploys 5,000 troops to fight terror group Abu Sayyaf" (in en). UPI. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/06/17/Philippines-deploys-5000-troops-to-fight-terror-group-Abu-Sayyaf/4461466170129/.
- ↑ "Philippine troops kill 40 Abu Sayyaf fighters". http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/philippine-troops-kill-40-abu-sayyaf-fighters-160711131328245.html.
- ↑ Mangosing, Frances. "Military: 16 soldiers wounded, 3 Abus killed in Sulu encounter" (in en). http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/791718/military-16-soldiers-wounded-3-abus-killed-in-sulu-encounter.
- ↑ Report, Staff (2016-06-23). "7 Abu Sayyaf militants killed in clash with troops". GulfNews. http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/7-abu-sayyaf-militants-killed-in-clash-with-troops-1.1851630.
- ↑ "Abu Sayyaf fighters killed in clashes in Philippines". http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/abu-sayyaf-fighters-killed-clashes-philppines-160707141649240.html.
- ↑ Alipala, Julie S.. "‘Abu Sayyaf men’ attack Basilan village, displacing ‘thousands’" (in en). http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/794742/abu-sayyaf-men-attack-basilan-village.
- ↑ Pareño, Roel. "Westmincom: 40 Abu Sayyaf killed in Basilan, Sulu ops". philstar.com. http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/07/12/1602119/westmincom-40-abu-sayyaf-killed-basilan-sulu-ops.
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