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2 Vietnamese hostages found headless in Basilan

The Philippine military says the decapitated bodies of two Vietnamese crewmen abducted last year by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits have been found on the southern island of Basilan in a gruesome end to the sailors’ ordeal.

Government troops successfully took control of another stronghold of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Group in the Main Battle Area (MBA) inside Marawi City on Monday.

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The Armed Forces yesterday said fighting in Marawi is now confined in Bangolo, the city’s business district.
AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said government troops are gaining headway in their efforts to clear the city of Maute Group terrorists.

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A sniper belonging to the Maute Group allegedly shot dead a local resident who was about to be rescued in Marawi City, even as government troops and civilian rescue workers raced against time to rescue as many residents trapped in the fierce gun battle.

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Ibinunyag kahapon ng Armed Forces of the Philippines na pito pang members ng Abu Sayyaf Group ang sumuko sa Joint Task Force Sulu sa ilalim ng Western Mindanao Command noong Lunes dahil sa all-out military offensive laban sa bandit group.

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A total of 16 Abu Sayyaf terrorists have already surrendered to the military from January 1 to April 12, 2017, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday.

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