Military troops neutralized a notorious Abu Sayyaf sub-leader and another militant in the offensives launched in Talipao, Sulu at 4:45pm yesterday, March 19.
Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Angah Ajid was slain in the combat operations launched by soldiers from 2nd Special Forces Battalion in Barangay Upper Binuang, after civilians reported the presence of suspicious armed men in the area.
Military troops followed the directions provided by residents and encountered five Abu Sayyaf members in the area.
A 10-minute gun battle ensued, yielding to the deaths of sub-commander Ajid and another militant.
Ajid was the last remaining Abu Sayyaf leader involved in the Sipadan kidnapping in 2000.
Soldiers further seized an M14 rifle, an M16 rifle with an M203 Grenade Launcher, rounds of ammunition, and magazines.
Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, Jr., Joint Task Force Sulu Commander, said the series of armed engagements in the province has been the result of the growing support of the civilians to the AFP.
“The people of Sulu are tired of the atrocities committed by the Abu Sayyaf in their communities. Your Joint Task Force Sulu will remain steadfast in fulfilling its mandate of bringing lasting peace in this part of our country,” added BGen Pabayo, Jr.
The military continues to launch its offensives to neutralize Abu Sayyaf militants in the area.
Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of Western Mindanao Command, said, “Combat troops relentlessly pursue Abu Sayyaf militants and constrict their movement, leaving them in despair.”
“As community support amassed, military mounts its offensives to pressure and to defeat Abu Sayyaf militants in the area,” he added.
“We are committed to end terrorism and to bring internal security in Mindanao. We also attribute our accomplishments to the Suluanons who are one with us in working for peace in the province.”