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Abu Sayyaf gunman killed in Sulu clash – military

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 3 days ago Manalo, Danny
Soldiers check a foxhole inside an Abu Sayyaf stronghold on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, which was captured by Joint Task Force Basilan during intensive military offensives over the weekend. Wesmincom © Wesmincom Soldiers check a foxhole inside an Abu Sayyaf stronghold on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, which was captured by Joint Task Force Basilan during intensive military offensives over the weekend. Wesmincom

An Abu Sayyaf Group gunman was killed during a Friday morning gun-battle in Bangalaw Island, Sulu Province, the military's Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) reported.

"At 2 a.m. today (May 19), elements of the 61st/65th Marine Company, Marine Special Operation Group, and the 2nd Special Forces Battalion engaged in an armed confrontation with Abu Sayyaf remnants under the late sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya," the WesMinCom said in a statement.

Abu Sayyaf fatality was identified only as Imbo, who, according to Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, was a facilitator and a keeper of weapons and pump boats used in kidnappings.

A sachet of shabu, five empty sachets, and a cellphone were found in Imbo's pockets.

An M16 rifle, M16 magazines, and ammunition were also recovered at the battle scene.

The military believed that Imbo was not the only Abu Sayyaf casualty from the firefight given the number of bloodtrails.

Surrender

Some two Abu Sayyaf gunmen, a father and son, surrendered to the troops of Joint Task Force Basilan on Thursday.

Janatin Mudjaral Madjakin, 44 years old, and Aldasid Madjakin, 19 years old, were under the command of ASG sub-leader Nurhassan Jamiri. They surrendered to 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion soldiers in Lamitan City at 9:30 p.m.

The gunmen also surrendered their weapons: an M16A1 rifle and an M79 grenade launcher.

They revealed that other ASG fighters were also contemplating surrender because of the pressure put on them by military.

"Marami pang top leaders ng ASG ang gustong sumuko, kaya nararapat lamang na sumuko na din ang mga nagtatago pa bago pa man sila matonton ng ating tropa," explained WesMinCom chief Lieutenant General Galvez.

"Kailangan nilang gawin ito ng mabilisan bago pa mahuli ang lahat," Galvez also warned. — DVM, GMA News

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