MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Around 30 gunmen ambushed government troops in Al-Barka, Basilan, on Monday, May 6, killing one army major and injuring another officer, initial reports from the military said.
The reports said suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Force, a breakaway of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ambushed members of the 18th and 32nd infrantry battalions at Pagtawanan, Barangay Magcawa, Al-Barka, Basilan at around 3pm Monday.
The injured army officer was brought to the Camp Navarro General Hospital for treatment.
The military claims the ambush was a result of the Abu Sayyaf's "hatred" because of former MNLF member Major Kanong's participation in the AFP.
New to the area and lacking in reinforcement, 19 soldiers were killed. Click here for the inside story.
Early this year, Army Col Aminkadra Undug, one of 4 military officials connected to the killings, was found guilty of violating Article of War 97 or conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline.
Undug remained in the military but faced penalties, the most senior military officer at that time to be punished in connection with a military operation.
Two other officers involved in the fiasco -- Col Alex Macario and Lt Col Orlando Edralin -- were acquitted in 2012. -Rappler.com