Explosion rocks medical mission in Patikul, Sulu

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 16) — More explosions have been reported from Sulu.

A statement released by Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Monfort, spokesperson of joint task force (JTF) Sulu, reported that the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) fired mortars at a medical mission intended for residents of four barangays in Patikul, Sulu.

“According to reports, the 6th Special Forces Battalion with various local government and non-government agencies were providing basic medical and dental services to 2,000 residents when the ASG fired 3 rounds of 60mm mortar that landed 200 meters away from the engagement site. Government forces in the Civic Action Activity immediately secured the area to ensure the safety of all civilians,” Monfort said.

No casualties have been reported from the military or the residents.


In an interview with CNN Philippines Newsroom, Monfort added that the pursuit operations against the ASG will continue.

“Ongoing pa rin ang ating pursuit operations,” Monfort said.

Strict security measures will be implemented in the area.

This is the third mortar attack from the Abu Sayyaff since it fired at a military command post in Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu two days ago. Later the same day, the Abu Sayyaf shot another round that killed one soldier and seven cows.