Alleged Abdussalam Group Sub-Leader Gunned Down In Zamboanga City
ABDUSSALAM GROUP – An alleged sub-leader of the Abdussalam group was gunned down in Zamboanga City, according to WestMinCom.
Western Mindanao Command head Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan Jr. identified the fatality as Samad Awang, also known as Ahmad Jamal. Awang was allegedly the sub-leader of the said kidnap-for-ransom group, according to a report from ABS-CBN News.
Vinulan reported that the joint group of policemen and soldiers were about to serve a warrant of arrest against Awang in Sitio Sahaya when the fatality drew his firearm and fired at the officials.
The security forces returned fire, which led to his death in Barangay Mampang, Zamboanga City on Wednesday.
The joint task force who conducted the operation against Awang is composed of personnel from the PNP’s Anti-Kidnapping Group, Special Action Force, Regional Mobile Force Battalion-9, Police Station-6, Zamboanga City Police Office as well as the AFP’s Joint Task Force Zamboanga and Marine Battalion Landing Team 11.
Based on the report, Colonel Antonio John Divinagracia, chief of Joint Task Force Zamboanga said that Awang had a warrant of arrest for violation of Art. 267 of the Revised Penal Code.
The warrant was issued by Honorable Josefino Bael, presiding judge of the 9th Judicial Region, Regional Trial Court Branch 31 in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Awang is the 25th on the KFRG wanted list of the Police Regional Office IX.
“He led the kidnapping of Joel Endino last Jan 29, 2011, in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. He was also responsible for the kidnapping of (Italian priest) Giancarlo Bossi in 2007 and Kathy Casipong in 2013,”
Retrieved from the suspect were one caliber .45 pistol chamber with a magazine loaded with four live ammunition, an extra magazine with seven live ammunition, and two fired cartridges.
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