Abu Sayyaf’s Hapilion hurt in clash: Military PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:33

Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon was wounded in a 40-minute gunbattle with government troops in Sumisip, Basilan on October 25, a military official said Wednesday.

Captain Roy Vincent Trinidad, chief of staff of Joint Task Force ZamBaSulTa, said Hapilon sustained took two bullets on his foot and back.

Trinidad said that information on Hapilon’s condition was taken from multiple sources and assets on the ground who have direct access to the core group of the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan.

Trinidad said soldiers were on a security patrol in the village of Baiwas when they encountered more than 50 armed militants.

The fierce encounter left three Abu Sayyaf members dead while several others were wounded, including Hapilon. Four were injured on the military side.

A wounded Hapilon was extricated immediately by his men from the site of encounter.

Trinidad said efforts are underway to determine the present condition of Hapilon.

Hapilon has a string of arrest warrants mostly from kidnapping cases he spearheaded in Basilan and western Mindanao.

He was also involved in the 2001 Dos Palmas resort kidnapping in Palawan where three American nationals were held hostage for several months.

The US government offered a $5 million bounty for any information that could lead to the arrest or neutralization of Hapilon.

Trinidad believes that with the wounding of Hapilon, the morale of the bandits were low.

The Abu Sayyaf Group is responsible for most of the kidnapping and bombing incidents in the ZamBaSulTa area.

The group was formed using seed money from Al-Qaeda. — With report from ABS-CBN News