Two Suspected Abu Sayyaf Bandits Slain In Sulu Clash
ABU SAYYAF – Two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group were killed in separate gunfights against government troops ini Sulu, the AFP said.
Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. of the AFP Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) identified the fatalities as alleged ASG sub-leader Hatib Munap Binda and Bensio Barahama, according to a report from UNTV News.
Binda was slain in the first encounter in Panamao town, Sulu, Vinula added.
A report from 4th Marine Brigade Commander Col. Ruben Candelario said that troops of the Marine Battaliion Landing Team-1 (MBLT) was conducting combat operation at Bud Bawis Complex, Barangay Kawasan when they faced against Binda’s group at about 5:45 AM.
Vinulan added that a fierce firefight occurred and lasted for 30 minutes until the enemy withdrew.
“While scouring the encounter site, marine troops recovered the dead body of ASG sub-leader Binda, one M16 rifle, and one M14 rifle,”
Based on the report, Binda is reportedly the senior leader of the ASG operating in the municipalities of Kalingalan Caluang and Panamao, Sulu.
The fatality was a member of the organization since 2002 and was an associate of the late ASG sub-leader Alhabsi Misaya during the series of kidnappings in the tri-boundaries of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines.
In another operation another team of the MBLT-1 encountered the ASG group led by Sansibar Bensio a few meters away fromm the first encounter at 6:45 PM at the same day.
The encounter took as long as 20 minutes which led to the death of a certain Bensio Barahama and the recovery of one M14 rifle. This came from a report from MBLT-1 Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Marvin Salvan.
“Our good intelligence operations yielded to these positive results and we are grateful that no one from our side was injured during the operations,”
Barahama is the father of Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader Sansibar Bensio and was active in the areas of Panamao, Omar, and Luuk.
The AFP added that they were still in pursuit of the rebels who have fled.
“All the military units here in Sulu remain vigilant and resilient in eliminating the remaining terrorists who refuse to cooperate with us and continue to inflict terroristic activities in the peaceful communities,’’
“Rest assured that we will continue to work hard to end terrorism here in the beautiful island province of Sulu,”
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