Army troops hunt Abus in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:47

A special operations team of the Philippine Army (PA) is in hot pursuit of the remnants of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who fled during a raid in Sumisip, Basilan early Wednesday.

Reports reaching the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City said that PA commanding General Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz directed the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) led by Major General Roberto Morales to chase the fleeing ASG.

ASG is responsible for the series of abductions in southern Mindanao. It is currently led by  Furuji Indama and Nurhassan Jamiri, who are holding out in the hinterlands of Basilan province.

Meanwhile, two ASG bandits and three villagers were captured with several firearms confiscated in the early dawn raid on the terrorists’ hideout in Sumisip.
Col. Alexander Macario, the Commander of the PA Special Operations Task Force, said in a report reaching Camp Aguinaldo that a captured bandit who was collared in a separate raid last week, pinpointed the exact location of the terrorist hideout in Upper Cabengbeng village, Sumisip town.

The soldiers nabbed two Abu Sayyaf bandits and seized five high powered firearms including a 5.56 mm M653 Rifle with sniperscope, three Cal. 5.56mm M16 rifles, one cal. 30 US M2 carbine and hundreds of assorted ammunition.

A captured rebel who serves as a military informant confirmed the identities of the two captured ASG kidnappers as Stanyul Ahlalul and Nurudin Mandiki.
Three kidnap victims are believed to be kept by the bandits in the hinterlands as they evade the government forces. The remaining hostages include resort owner Lario Delos Santos, Nico Sebastian and nine-year-old Randel Salania.