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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:36

A man whose name is in the roster of Abu Sayyaf members was shot dead Monday morningin Lamitan City, Basilan province., a police official said

Lamitan City police chief Sr. Insp. Gean Gallardo said Abdul Asmaril Lampas was shot around 8:40 a.m. at the village of Matibay. He was identified by his mother.

Gallardo said they are clueless on who killed Lampas, who died of seven gunshot wounds.

Police recovered at the scene of shooting seven empty shells and four slugs of .45 caliber pistol.

Gallardo said Lampas is from Ungkaya Pukan, a remote town and notorious hideout of the militant group in Basilan which is one of the province included in the Bangsamoro Entity that was agreed in a peace deal signed on March by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), once the largest Muslim separatist group in the Philippine south.

Gallardo said Lampas’ name is in the roster of Abu Sayyaf members who are notorious for beheading their kidnap victims after ransoms have failed to be paid for their release.

Basilan and Sulu provinces are the two strongholds of the al-Qaeda linked group. A German couple and other kidnap victims are being held in Sulu.

On August 17, some 30 suspected Abu Sayyaf seized two government employed mechanics – one of whom has been found dead in Sulu.

The Abu Sayyaf gunmen stormed the Sulu provincial government’s motorpool in Patikul town, abducting chief mechanic Ronald Pelegrin, 39, and his assistant Dante Avila, 29.

The body of Avila, who had been shot by, was found dead the following day.

Since 1991, the Abu Sayyaf — armed with mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars and automatic rifles — has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortions in a self-determined fight for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines.