Abu Sayyaf bandit killed, 2
others surrender due to relentless military ops
MANILA, May 20 -- An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member was killed while two
others surrendered as focused military operations against the lawless group
continue in the Western Mindanao Command's (WMC) area of operation.
At about 2 a.m. Friday, troopers of the 61st and 65th Marine Companies,
Marine Special Operations Group and the 2nd Special Forces Battalion clashed
with an ASG band formerly led by Alhabsy Misaya, who was earlier killed by
government forces in Bangalaw Island, Banguingui, Sulu.
In the ensuing firefight, a bandit identified only as "Imbo" was killed.
Also recovered by government forces were an M-16 automatic rifle, magazines
Aside from these, a sachet of shabu and five empty plastic sachets were also
found in the suspect's pocket, along with a cellphone.
"Imbo is an ASG/KFRG member and trusted contact in Bangalaw island of the
late Misaya," Joint Task Force Sulu commander, Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana,
"He is a KFR contact and facilitator in the island and a keeper of Misaya's
firearms and pump boats used in kidnapping ventures."
No casualty was reported on the government's side while it is believed that
the bandits suffered heavy losses from the encounter due to the bloodstains
seen in the site.
Meanwhile, two ASG members under sub-leader Nurhassan Jamiri surrendered to
the Joint Task Force Basilan under Col. Juvymax Uy last Thursday.
Janatin Mudjaral Madjakin alias "Atin", 44, and Aldasid Madjakin alias "Alda",
19, surrendered to troops of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion in Camp Cordero,
Campo Uno in Lamitan City, Basilan at 9:30 p.m.
The duo yielded an M16-A1 rifle and an M-79, following their surrender.
Uy said the pair decided to return to the folds of the law due to the
relentless military operations against the ASG. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)