Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MILF, Abu Sayyaf kills 14 marines, and beheads 10 who were looking for Bossi

Unbelievable:

Hundreds of Abu Sayyaf terrorists on Tuesday ambushed Marine soldiers involved in the search for Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi in Basilan, killing 14 and wounding nine, Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Ariel Caculitan said yesterday.

He said 10 of the fatalities were found beheaded near the encounter area in the village of Ginanta, Tipo-Tipo early yesterday. The identities of the fatalities were withheld pending notification of kin.

It was the biggest Marines casualty since 2005 when 12 troopers died in a clash with the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul, Sulu.

But Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said the men encountered by Marine soldiers were not Abu Sayyaf but MILF forces.

“They (soldiers) entered the area without coordination with the MILF-CCCH (Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities). That’s the reason why we had the encounter,” he said. “Our forces were attacked, we only defended ourselves.”

Sa inquirer naman: MILF, Abu join forces in Basilan ambush

LAMITAN CITY -- They were returning to base in heavy rains after a fruitless search for kidnapped Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi when their trucks stalled in the mud. Then the firing began.

In a 10-hour gun battle that turned into a carnage, 14 Marines were killed -- 10 of them beheaded -- and nine others wounded in one of the most shocking military debacles in years in the country’s southern islands.

“They were surprised when bullets rained on them,” Brig. Gen. Ramiro Alivio told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, recounting Tuesday’s daylong clash between 50 badly outnumbered Marines and some 400 Abu Sayyaf bandits and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas in Albarka municipality (formerly Tipo-tipo) on Basilan island.

Sometimes, you can't tell the difference anymore between the MILF and the Abus Sayyafs.

2 comments:

Prince Heinell said...

Maybe MILF people should wear a uniform.

And if they are sincere against Abu Sayyaf, why can't they just exterminate these bandits themselves?

john marzan said...

"And if they are sincere against Abu Sayyaf, why can't they just exterminate these bandits themselves?"

maybe because some of the MILFs are Abu Sayyafs themselves?