140 Abu Sayyaf neutralized since January Print
Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:12

By LIZA JOCSON

More than a hundred Abu Sayyaf members have reportedly been neutralized since January in the continuing operations launched by the military to meet the deadline this June.

Based on Western MIndanao Command data, there are 140 Abu Sayyaf members who have been neutralised.

Of this number, 79 have been killed, 13 have been apprehended and 48 have surrendered.

Sources also said that there are a total of 39 Abu Sayyaf members who have been wounded in encounters with government troops.

The same report said that there have been a total of 57 firearms recovered and turned in by the Abu Sayyaf.

In a recent statement, Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt Gen Carlito Galvez expressed optimism that the military will be able to meet the deadline to crush the Abu SAyyaf by June this year.

There are still 27 kidnap victims in the hands of the terrorist group.  Of this number, 20 are foreign nationals while 7 are Filipinos.  (Liza Jocson)

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:15