Military recovers IED while on combat mission in Sulu

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Operating toops of the 100th Infantry Battalion of the Joint Task Foce (JTF) Sulu recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the vicinity of Barangay Tumatangis in Indanan, Sulu, on April 16, 2022.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio, Commander of the 11th Infantry Division and JTF Sulu, narrated, “Based on a report from 1102nd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Giovanni Franza, operating troops of the 100th Infantry Battalion led by 2nd Lt. Enrey Rafael discovered an IED in Barangay Tumatangis, Indanan, Sulu at around 8:30 in the morning of April 16, 2022.”

Col. Franza said, “Upon discovery of our operating troops, we immediately deployed additional forces to secure the area where the IED was located to preempt it from making harm to innocent civilians.”

“We also deployed our Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team in the area, and they were able to disarm the IED successfully. The IED is now with the EOD Team for proper disposal,” added by Col. Franza.

Meanwhile, since January of this year, a total of five (5) IEDs were recovered by the operating troops in the area of operations of the JTF Sulu. Maj. Gen. Patrimonio lauded the efforts and commitment of the troops in the pursuit of their mission of ensuring peace and security in peaceful communities of Sulu. He ordered to further intensify peace and security efforts to neutralize the remaining ASG bandits.

“The IED laid by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits indicate the terrorists firm resolve to harm not only our troops but also the innocent civilians. We will continue to hunt the remaining ASG bandits who continue to create havoc in peaceful communities. Now, it is only a matter of time before we can finally say that Sulu is completely free from the threats of these ASG bandits,” said Maj. Gen. Patrimonio.

Maj. Gen. Patrimonio enjoins the community to continue collaborating with the security forces until the remaining members of the ASG bandits are neutralized.

“Our collective efforts in ending the local armed conflict significantly reduced the ASG strength and capabilities to terrorize our peaceful communities. Let’s continue to work together towards our vision of lasting peace and sustainable development in the province of Sulu,” Maj. Gen. Patrimonio ended.

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