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Friday, 22 January 2016 13:07

Seven members of the al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf came down from the mountains on Thursday and turned themselves up to the military in Basilan.

The surrender came as government forces have been conducting offensive operations against the dreaded group  involved in kidnappings, extortion and assassination of soldiers and police.

Richard Falcatan, station manager of dxNO radio based in Basilan said the surrenderers led by Sulaiman Kasaran yielded with their assault rifles to the army’s 18th Infantry Batallion in Bohe Pahu, Ungkaya Pukan town,  Basilan.

Falcatan quoted battalion officers as saying Kasaran was operating under Bashir Kasaran and Lukman Kasaran who both died in a series of encounters with their long-time “rido” (vengeance killing) enemy —  the Malatin clan headed by local Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader the Late Umbong Malatin.

The surrenderers have been operating in Albarka town and are equipped high powered firearms, the army was quoted as saying.

It said the group undergone trainings on Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Islamic Radicalism and military combat tactics. They are also associated with other notorious Abu Sayyaf under Furuji Indama, Nurharsan Jamiri and Isnilon Hapilon who participated in the so called “Pintakasi”/Reinforcement against the goverment forces.

Falcatan said the surrender was a result of “persistent government initiatives through the inter-agency efforts of the AFP and Taskforce Kasanyangan.”