5 Abus killed in Sulu: AFP PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 April 2014 13:39

The military’s Western Mindanao Command disclosed that five Abu Sayyaf members were killed by Marines who were manning checkpoint in Barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu last week.

Quoting a report received from ground units, Wesmincom said the incident took place when Marines manning a checkpoint signaled and tried to stop an approaching Tamaraw FX, but instead, they were fired upon by the passengers aboard the said vehicle. The soldiers retaliated with gunfire when the vehicle sped away.

Wesmincom said the marines immediately conducted pursuit operation which led them to recover a Tamaraw FX and one dead man identified as an Abu Sayyaf member.

The military gathered that four other Abu Sayyaf members  were seriously wounded and later died in an undisclosed area.

Capt Ryan C Lacuesta, Civil Military Operations Officer of the 2nd Marine Brigade stationed at Jolo, Sulu, said the recovered vehicle and body were turned over to the local government and PNP for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, around 9:30 a.m, April 13, an alleged Abu Sayyaf member was nabbed by Marines conducting checkpoint in Barangay Bungkaung, Patikul, Sulu.

Arrested was Jelam Elah alias Jihad/Jers, 17, single and a resident of Budkaha, Maligay, Patikul, Sulu.

Jelam was driving a Suzuki Raider motorcycle bearing plate no 7839 UL, Chassis no. BG4ID 205443, engine number g420-ID 947001 with color combination of black and red when he was apprehended.

Wesmincom, quoting a report received from ground units, said Jelam Elah said that he belongs to the group of “Lucky 9” led by ASG sub leader Ninok Sapari. The group is responsible for the series of kidnappings in Sulu, as well as the harassment in Bungkaung Detachment at 1:50 p.m. last April 13.

The motorcycle with proper documentation and medical certificate of Jelam Elah @ Jihad/Jers was turned over to Insp. Noel E. Dela Cruz PNP, Patikul MPS Chief of Police at PNP Provincial Headquarters, Camp Asturias for proper disposition.

The military are continuously conducting law enforcement operation in the area and intensifying efforts to track down Abu Sayyaf bandits responsible for the series of kidnapping and extortion activities in Sulu.