KFRG sub-leader killed in shootout with gov’t forces Print
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:05

Troops of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi shot and killed a notorious Abu Sayyaf  Group (ASG) member and kidnap-for- ransom group cell leader in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi last Sunday.

The military claimed that slain Abu Sayyaf sub-leader resisted arrest by drawing his cal. 45 pistol and firing at the apprehending military and police personnel.

Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi Commander Brig Gen Custodio Parcon Jr  identified the ASG and KFRG Cell Leader  as Guro Idzri  alias Idris.Parcon ,      Idris was about to be arrested  at Sitio Suwang Kagang in the village of Pasiagan in  Bongao, Tawi-Tawi at 7:10 am, Sunday when he decided to fight the apprehending government forces.

The government forces which were tasked to effect the arrest of Idriz were the soldiers  from the 2nd Marine Brigade, Mechanized Infantry Division, 9th Marine Battalion Landing Team, and police operatives from Bongao Municipal Police Station, Gen. Parcon  said.

Adding that “When troops are about to serve the warrant of arrest, Idris fired at them using his caliber .45 pistol prompting our troops to fire back at the target.”

Idris who sustained serious gunshot wounds was immediately brought to Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital by the RPSB but was declared dead on arrival (DOA).

“Recovered from the subject were a caliber .45 pistol, a magazine and ammunition. The items recovered were turned-over by the JTF Tawi-Tawi to the Bongao Municipal Police Station,” Parcon added.

A military intelligence report indicate that Idzri was the emerging new leader of the ASG and KFRG cell operating in Tawi-Tawi and has been recently monitored spotting for unidentified kidnap victims at the construction site of Diesel Power plant  at Barangay Pahut In Bongao.

Military records showed that Idzri was former member of the Sulu-based ASG under Muamar Askali and was involved in the kidnapping of Jurgen Kantner, a  German National.

Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom)  Commander Lt Gen Carlito Galvez, Jr.,  said  “The very good collaboration among our security sector, the local government unit and the peace-loving people in Tawi-Tawi resulted to this recent success.”

“As long as everyone is united in fighting criminalities and terrorism, evil will never be able to thrive in every community,” Galvez said. (Ely Dumaboc)