ASG, 7 others arrested in Sulu Print
Monday, 21 August 2017 16:18

A notorious Abu Sayyaf member and seven lawless elements were arrested by government forces in separate operations in Sulu.

Abu Sayyaf member Fahar Ismael, a.k.a. PutohTaron, was arrested in a checkpoint established by troops of the 41st Infantry Battalion and the police in Barangay Timbangan, Indanan, Sulu at 7am last August 16.

Ismael is involved in the kidnappings of Engr. Marso Salinas and Eveln Chan.

He has an arrest warrant for murder as co-accused of his leader, IdangSusukan.

Ishmael is now under custodial investigation.

Seven lawless elements were also arrested by the military and police in Lugus municipality, Zulu at 7:16am yesterday (August 18).

Seized from the lawless elements were three M14 rifles, two M16 rifles, an M1 Garand rifle, a Caliber .45 pistol, six clips for Garand rifle, assorted magazines, 13 magazines for M16, assorted ammunition, and assorted ammunition pouches and uniforms.

The lawless elements were arrested for illegal possession of firearms by troops of the Philippine Marine Ready Fleet Sulu and the Marine Battalion Landing Team 1 under Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cabanlet, and the 52nd Special Action Company, Special Action Force.

The persons and firearms seized were turned over to Sulu Provincial Police Office for proper disposition.

“Law enforcement support operations, in collaboration with the police, will continuously be conducted by the Joint Task Force Sulu to contain lawless elements operating in the area,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

“It is with pride that i congratulate the soldiers of the Joint Task Force Sulu headed by Brigadier General Sobejana and the policemen of Sulu Province Police Office for this recent commendable accomplishment.” (PR)