4 ASG members killed in gunfight in Sulu with the army – PNP
MANILA, Philippines – Four members of the Abu Sayyaf (ASG) terrorist group were killed in a shootout with soldiers in Sulu on Sunday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar identified those killed as Injam Yaddah, Al-Al Saawdjaan, an alias “Rauf” or “Raup” and another as yet unidentified suspect.
Police said Jenalyn Jairi, Yaddah’s wife, was also arrested after the shooting.
Eleazar said Yaddah was involved in the kidnappings of several foreign nationals, the most recent of which was the kidnapping of Rex Triplitt in Sirawai, Zamboanga Sibugay in September 2020, and the kidnapping of five Indonesians in Malaysia in January 2020.
Police say Swadjaan is the brother of bomb maker ASG Mundi Sawadjaan and is a voluntary suicide bomber.
According to reports from the regional police office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, around 1:30 a.m. soldiers were in Upper Alat, Barangay (village) Alat, Jolo, Sulu to serve Injam and the other suspects with their arrest warrants. for kidnapping for ransom when the shooting took place.
“Upon entering the area, the targeted personalities fired at the operational troops of 3LRC, LRR, PA, prompting them to take the necessary measures which resulted in the neutralization of the four suspects,” Eleazar said. .
The bodies of killed ASG terrorists were brought to the 11th Infantry Division Headquarters in Jolo, Sulu, for processing and disposal.
A loaded M16 rifle, a loaded .45 caliber pistol, components of an improvised explosive device, a cell phone, a red Honda XRM motorcycle, detonating ropes and a detonator were recovered from the meeting site.
“As we fulfill our primary obligation to serve and protect our people, it is also our duty to do our best in the government’s fight against communist insurgency and terrorism as we implement the policy of cleanliness. stepped up, ”Eleazar said.
“Cooperative efforts to suppress threats of terrorism and communist insurgency in the country are also being undertaken with the armed forces of the Philippines,” Eleazar added.
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