- An alleged video of the Basilan encounter last April 9 is making the rounds on social media
- The 10-minute clip showed soldiers exchanging gunfires with unseen enemies
- It is not known who took the video and uploaded the copy online
MANILA, Philippines – A video purportedly showing the actual gun battle between government troops and members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) during the Basilan clash on Saturday, April 9, has been making the rounds on social media.
The 10-minute clip showed a number of soldiers exchanging gunfires with unseen enemies in an undisclosed location which is believed to be somewhere in the town of Tipo Tipo – the place of the bloody encounter that killed at least 23 people.
The government side lost 18 of its soldiers while 5 ASG members were also killed. Four of the soldiers were also beheaded.
A report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) confirmed 53 more soldiers were wounded while at least 20 Muslim rebels sustained injuries in the standoff that lasted nearly 10 hours.
AFP spokesman Major Filemon Tan said the government troops were conducting military operations in the area following the series of abductions of foreigners by the terror group. (Click here to read more and watch the video)