By Roel Pareño
Publish in Philstar.com
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Government security forces have launched an assault on an Abu Sayyaf leader’s camp, which also serves as the bandit group’s bomb factory, in Tipo-Tipo town, Basilan.
Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuela, spokesperson for the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said they have yet to receive reports on the results of the strike, as soldiers from the Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade continued to attack the lair of Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama.
“The operation has been ongoing and the troops are pushing through,” Muyuela said, explaining the delay on reports of the results of the military offensive.
Muyuela said based on feedbacks from the ground, fighting has been tense and air support from the Philippine Air Force and artillery have been placed on standby.
The military offensive, which started Monday, was supported by the local officials of Basilan, who have been urging the military to launch an all-out war against the bandits.
Officials of the provincial government met yesterday to discuss preparations for the evacuation of civilians.