4 Abu suspects nabbed in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2015 16:17

Philippine military on Saturday arrrested three men and a woman found loitering at a site where Army Scout Rangers and Abu Sayyaf gunmen had clashed in Sulu province on Thursday.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the military’s Joint Task Group Sulu, said in a statement the four Abu Sayyaf suspects have been detained and interrogated on what they were doing in the village of Buhanginan, Patikul town, one of the places  in Sulu where the militant group hide in Sulu.

Arrojado identified the suspects as Al-Majir Jajiri, 27; Salip Tamad Sakirin, 31; Bagin Hamsi, 28; and, Pola Jumadil, 49. They were arrested around 9:45 a.m.

Arrojado said army interrogators want to ascertain their real identities of the four since Jajiri and Sakirin claimed to be village watchmen of a nearby village.

Troops recovered from Jumadil’s possession two identification cards (ID) bearing two different names.

Arrojado said an ID issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) indicated her name is Pola Jumadil while a voter’s ID showed she is Ahajani Pula Amilussin.

Two soldiers were wounded in the clash on Thursday between Army Scout Rangers and Abu Sayyaf gunmen led by Radullan Sahiron.

Arrojado said the firefight broke out around 2:10 p.m.

Wounded soldiers were TSgt. Nicar Escarola and Pfc. Cellito Carag.

The task group commander  said troops from the 1st Scout Ranger Company and 16th Special Forces Company were on combat operation when they clashed with Abu Sayyaf gunmen. This was followed by another skirmish between 10th and 12th Scout Ranger Companies of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion another group of Abu Sayyaf led by Sahiron.

Arrojado said the scout rangers were reinforcing the 1st Scout Ranger Company and 16th Special Forces Company when they clashed with Sahiron’s group around 3:45 p.m.

He said troops from the 32nd Infantry Battalion and 2nd Marine Brigade were deployed to block all possible escape routes of the Abu Sayyaf.

“The presence of the four suspects at the operational area especially near ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) harbor and encounter sites and considering the ongoing operations and fire missions and their place of residence is questionable,” Arrojado said.

The government troops have launched focused military operations (FMO) targeting the senior leaders of the militant group as well as their foreign cohorts in Sulu.

He said the suspects will remain in detention “until such time that their identities are validated.”