Abu leader hurt in Sulu encounter PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 November 2015 13:42

An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader involved in the kidnapping of a German couple and a Chinese national was confirmed wounded in a clash Saturday with government troops in Sulu.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, identified the wounded ASG sub-leader as Ben Saudi, brother of Aljine Jaelan Mundok alias Ninok Saparri, another ASG sub-leader.

Arrojado said Saudi was wounded in a clash with troops around 11:20 a.m. Saturday in Barangay Liang, Patikul, Sulu.

Arrojado said the troops were conducting special operations when they encountered the group of Saudi.

He said the firefight lasted for about five minutes after which the militants fled.

He said Saudi has three standing warrants of arrest for his alleged involvement of a German couple in April 2014 off Palawan and a Chinese national in May of the same year in Basilan province.

He ordered all units to set up checkpoints to intercept possible transport of casualties by the ASG to the hospital in Jolo, the province’ capital.

He said the Saturday’s clash is a result of the continuous military offensive against the ASG brigands in the province of Sulu.

The targets of the offensive are the senior leaders of the ASG and their foreign cohorts.