Abu spotter, pirate killed in AFP ops PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:55

An Abu Sayyaf member reported to be conducting surveillance of potential kidnap victims in Zambo, and a suspect in a piracy attack of a Panamanian vessel last Thursday were  killed during separate operations in Basilan province last Thursday.

The spotter was identified as Bistahan K. Nisalun, aka Upang Upang.

Nisalun was killed during a joint raid conducted by combined elements of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion under Joint Task Force Basilan and members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team of Tuburan in Barangay Lahi-Lahi Tuburan Basilan at 3:45pm last Thursday.

Nisalun was also identified as a follower of Abu Sayyaf Sub-leader Abdullah Indanan aka Abdullah Jhovel or Guru.

Nisalun had been the subject of counter-surveillance by government troops after he was monitored conducting casing activities for potential kidnap victims along with Abu Sayyaf Sub Leader Mike Usman Lidjal in Zamboanga city.

Meanwhile, government troops were also able to neutralize another Abu Sayyaf member who participated in the hijack of a Panamanian registered vessel off the seas of Sibago Island in Basilan last Thursday.

Abu Sayyaf member Jaudi Salupuddin was killed after a firefight with government troops.

Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Jo-Ann Petinglay said that the ASG member was wounded by miltiary gunfire while the group’s pumpboat was headed towards the coast of Mohammad Adjul town.

Salupuddin was able to evade the troops but was turned over by the barangay official of Tuburan to the military.

He was fatally wounded when he was turned-over, prompting the military to evacuate him to the nearest medical station, however he expired along the way, according to a Western MIndanao Command report.

Five motorized bancas of the Abu Sayyaf were also seized following the intensified conduct of focused military operations launched by the military, according to the same report. (Liza Jocson)