Police shoot suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber dead PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:24

By RICHARD FALCATAN AND ALLEN ABASTILLAS

A suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber was killed  after he shot it out Tuesday night with policemen who came to arrest him in the militant group stronghold province of Basilan.

Insp. Gean Gallardo, Lamitan City Police chief, said that Haji Jabier Pinglias, tagged as behind the planting of bombs in Lamitan City, Basilan, was shot and killed when police went to a house where he was hiding in Barangay Maganda to serve an arrest warrant on him around 7:20 p.m..

Falcatan said Pinglias drew a gun from a belt bag and opened fire on the lawmen who were about to enter the house, triggering an exchange of fire.

Police rushed the wounded suspected militant to the Lamitan District Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Confiscated from Pinglias’ possession were a .45 caliber pistol, sveral improvised explosive device parts, a battery with wires and two plastic sachets containing methamphetamine hydrochloride or commonly known in the Philippines as shabu and ice.

Gallardo said Pinglias has a standing warrant of arrest for a criminal case in Basilan.

Gallardo disclosed that Pinglias was involved in the Lamitan City port bombing and in the bombing attempt at the police station on Monday.

A water tank and window glasses of the passenger terminal building were destroyed when a bomb exploded around 9:20 p.m. Monday at the port

Another bomb, which failed to explode, was recovered around 7 p.m. Monday in front of the police station in in the village of Matibay, Lamitan City.

Basilan and Sulu are strongholds of the Abu Sayyaf, linked to  al-qaeda and supporter of Daesh.

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

It is notorious for beheading victims after ransoms have failed to have been paid for their release.

Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay commended Gallardo and his men on the operation against Pinglias.

Gallardo thanked Vice Mayor Furigay and Mayor Rose Furigay for their support to the police. The Lamitan City LGU has provided the police a  Toyota Hilux, two motorcyles, radio communications sets, fuel and other logistics for their operations.

The successful operation was supported by the Regional Public Safety Battalion and Provincial Public Safety Company. — With report from Allen Abastillas