High-powered firearm, ammunition recovered in Basilan

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Troops of the Joint Task Force Basilan responded to an indiscriminate firing incident in Barangay Bohe Suyak, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan Province on May 7, 2022.

Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway said combined elements of the 64th Infantry Battalion and 5th Scout Ranger Battalion conducted pursuit operation in the aforementioned barangay after hearing series of gunfire thereat. Sensing the approaching military vehicle, the suspect identified as Amil Palu immediately fled leaving his firearm behind.

Operating troops recovered one M16 rifle and eight short magazines loaded with 142 rounds of ammunition in the incident site which is the house of the suspect. Recovered war materials were brought to Headquarters, 101st Infantry Brigade/Joint Task Force Basilan, Barangay Tabiawan, Isabela City, Basilan for proper disposition.

Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command commended the troops of JTF Basilan for the quick response to the incident.

“Our troops are in full alert status to prevent the malefactors from creating havoc in the communities. This incident is an isolated case and we will conduct thorough investigation regarding this together with our partners from the PNP,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. further stated.

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