The affected areas are Tipo Tipo proper, Silangkum, and Baguindan
MANILA, Philippines (July 7, 2016) — Authorities began the mass evacuation of residents in 3 barangays in Basilan on Wednesday, July 6, amid heavy fighting between government troops and members of the Abu Sayyaf group in Tipo-Tipo town.
The affected areas are Tipo Tipo proper, Silangkum, and Baguindan.
The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said government troops are in defensive position in Tipo Tipo following an alleged harassment by an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf members.
The firefight is reportedly located near the center of Tipo-Tipo town.