Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – September 15, 2022
 
While conducting peace and security operations, troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion engaged in an armed confrontation with more or less five lawless elements in Barangay Magkawa, Albarka, Basilan at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2022.
 
Lawless elements are believed to be led by a certain Abaas Jangkatan. Firefight lasted for about 10 minutes after which the enemy scampered in different directions. 
 
The encounter resulted in the deaths of three soldiers while casualties on the enemy side are yet to be determined. Pursuit operations are currently being conducted. 
 
“We are deeply saddened by the report that three of our brave soldiers were killed in action while performing their duties. We pray for their eternal repose and we extend our commiseration to their bereaved families,” Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said.
 
Rest assured that we will work doubly to prevent the enemies of the state from creating havoc in the peaceful communities. Our troops continue to render selfless service round-the-clock to ensure the safety and security of the peace-loving people of Basilan,” the WestMinCom Commander added. 
 
Military troops lawless elements clash in Basilan
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