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ASG member responsible for 2002 Kidapawan bus terminal bombing nabbed

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 04:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities have finally arrested one of Abu Sayyaf Group’s (ASG) most wanted members, Abdurahman Daiyung alias Biznar Salabudin / Abu Talha, in Ermita, Manilla on Sunday (February 11).

Through a warrant of arrest issued in 2008 by Basilan Regional Trial Court Judge Leo Jay Principe, soldiers and police nabbed Daiyung along M. H. Del Pilar Street in Padre Faura area where he was working as a welder.

“Na-monitor natin na pumupunta at umiikot siya sa ibang kasamahan niya dito. Ang pagkakahuli natin sa kanya ay offshoot ng ating arrest ng isang kasamahan niya last December before Traslacion,” confirmed NCRPO Chief PDir. Guillermo Eleazar said.

According to police records, Daiyung was the one responsible for the abduction of 15 plantation workers at Golden Harvest in 2001.

He was also involved in the October 10, 2002 bombing of a bus terminal in Kidapawan City that killed 7 individuals and injured 24 others.

The NCRPO, meanwhile, is still investigating the whereabouts of other ASG members roaming around Metro Manila specifically those who have links to Daiyung.

Eleazar noted, however, that the arrests of ASG members in Metro Manila are no reasons for concern.

“Ang Abu Sayyaf kasi ay mayroong inactive at mayroong active. Mayroong iba na sympathizers, supporters. In the case noong naaresto natin right now, dini-determine natin kung siya ay active member,” Eleazar explained.

“(Ang) basis naman ng arrest natin sa kanya ay ang warrant of arrest niya for the case that happened long time ago,” the NCRPO Chief concluded.

Daiyung belonged to the ASG faction led by ISIS emir Isnilon Hapilon. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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8 killed, ASG sub-leader wounded in Sulu clash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, 2 February 2019 09:07 PM

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Five soldiers and three members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a heavy firefight that erupted between government troops and militants Saturday morning (February 2) at Sitio Sungkog, Patikul, Sulu.

The troops of 5th Scout Ranger Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Jomalesa encountered more or less 150 ASG members who were under the command of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.

The firefight lasted for almost two hours resulting in the death of five soldiers and wounding of five others.

Three ASG militants were killed and 15 were wounded including Idang Susukan, sub leader of Sawadjaan. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Military clashed with ASG in Patikul, Sulu – AFP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:21 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Army 1st Scout Ranger Battalion engaged in an encounter with some members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM), the soldiers clashed with the ASG’s sub-group Ajang-Ajang under Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan in the municipality of Patikul, Sulu.

The firefight lasted for five minutes before the enemies retreated.

The military believes that the group was with alias ‘Kamah’, the primary suspect in the Jolo cathedral bombing.

“This is after the airstrikes we conducted two days or three days ago. Tuloy tuloy ito. It’s been three days now, ang airstrikes doon at saka artillery shelling. The same group iyan ang may napatay the other day, si Umal Usop,” AFP Westmincom Spokesperson Col. Gerry Besana said.

Military offensives are now focused on the area of Patikul which is a known bailiwick of the bandits.

There were no casualties on the side of the government.

Authorities, meanwhile, are ongoing with its clearing operations to verify the number of casualties on the enemies’ side.

The AFP are now holding airstrikes over enemies’ camp while ensuring the safety of the civilians.

“it is our pledge to protect the rights of all Filipinos and all human being kapag may nagkakamali sa amin kaso ang aabutin namin and we do not tolerate any and any collateral damage,” Besana concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dante Amento)

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PNP: No established link yet between Jolo and Zamboanga City bombings

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:32 AM

(Left) Decimated church seats of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral
in Jolo, Sulu after it was hit by twin explosions on January 27, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Ahmad Sajan. (Right) Bodies of worshipers lay lifeless after a grenade detonated inside their mosque in Masjid Jutay, Barangay Talon-Talon in Zamboanga City on January 30, 2019. | Photo courtesy of PNP Region 9 Office

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Authorities cannot yet confirm if the grenade blast at a mosque in Masjid Jutay in Zamboanga City on Tuesday night is connected to the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday.

According to Zamboanga City Police Spokesperson PSInsp. Shelamie Chang, the explosives used in last night’s bombing in Zamboanga was in no way similar to the ones used in Jolo.

The officer said, the incident in Jolo was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) while a grenade launcher was used in a mosque in Zamboanga City.

Authorities continue to investigate as to the motive behind the Zamboanga City blast that killed two individuals and injured three others. — UNTV News and Rescue

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