9 dead in joint military ops vs suspected Abu Sayyaf in Bohol

admin   •   April 12, 2017   •   4554

A screenshot of the video taken by PO2 Teogenes Dumanayo during the combat of the government forces against the suspected Abu Sayyaf in Bohol on Tuesday. (Image courtesy of PO2 Teogenes Dumanayo)

MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) launched an operation against an armed group in Inabanga, Bohol, Tuesday morning.

Based on a statement made by the AFP Central Command and Police Regional Office-7, the government forces have been monitoring the entry of suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group into the Visayas region on board a sea vessel.

The encounter took place at past 5:00 a.m. in Inabanga, Bohol.

Civilians present during the incident looked for somewhere to hide.

At 1:00 p.m. several high-caliber firearms were recovered. Five bodies on the side of the armed group were also found.

Three members of the military and one police officer were also killed in the encounter.

Col. Medel Aguilar, Centcom assistant chief of the Unified Command staff for Civil Military Operations said, “That part of Bohol means that they don’t have that support in that area, and this is a very good example that we can defend ourselves. We can protect our communities from terrorism if only all of us will join the campaign of joint forces.”

Authorities are now conducting clearing operations in the area.

Centcom assured they will continue conducting operations against groups who spark violence.

“But we will always make sure that we are putting the right security forces. As of now we are pouring in more security personnel to make sure that the threat is eliminated,” said Col. Aguilar. — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue

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Alleged ASG sub-leader killed in Zamboanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 2, 2021

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines—An alleged sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed during an encounter with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga City on Tuesday (February 2).

Arrasid Adjing Halissam reportedly served as an assistant of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) international leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Based on initial reports, PNP authorities went to the suspect’s house to issue a warrant of arrest for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. However, it escalated to an encounter which resulted in the death of Halissam.

The PNP also reported that Halissam had direct communication with ASG sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan regarding a terrorist attack plan in the Zambasulta area. He also served as a recruiter and finance conduit of Dawlah Islamiya Terrorist Group.

Halissam was also involved in several bombing incidents an kidnapping in Mindanao. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

Alleged member of ASG-linked crime group killed in an encounter in Zamboanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — An alleged member of a crime group linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASF) has been killed in an encounter with the military in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The suspect, identified as Ibrahim Anduhol alias Tongtong, is reportedly linked with the Barahama Ali crime syndicate that is allegedly engaged in kidnapping, robbery, and other criminal activities.

A law enforcement operation was conducted by police authorities around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday (December 17) which led to an encounter. Anduhol opened fire, leading to the police to retaliate. Police recovered two caliber .45 pistols with ammunition.

Andhol had a standing warrant of arrest for murder, and was involved in the killing of a soldier and kidnappings of a businesswoman in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay in 2015, and a businessman in Kabasalan in 2018. AAC (with reports from Val Villarflor)

11 Abu Sayyaf members surrender in Sulu

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2020

Eleven members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Sulu on Saturday (October 17).

The 1101st Infantry Brigade of the AFP identified the surrenderers in their aliases as: Alji, Gaspar, Amz, Ardin, Bebs, Madz, Uyong, Bahad, Navin, Allon, and Asir.

According to Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Lt. Colonel Alaric delos Santos, the holistic approach of the Joint Task Force in Sulu paved the way for the former ASG members’ surrender.

The 11 members also surrendered five M16 rifle and one M1 grenade launcher. After surrendering, they will undergo rehabilitation program for them to be able to receive the benefits from the government under the Localized Social Integration Program.

Last October, over 100 ex-ASG members in Sulu were given P15,000 cash assistance. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

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