Troops capture ASG sub-leader PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 April 2018 14:50

Soldiers of the 32nd Infantry Battalion who were on rescue operations for the remaining Abu Sayyaf kidnap victims encountered about five Abu Sayyaf members under Abu SayyafSub leader Walton Juljirin after civilians tipped off the location of the group at 7am this morning.

According to sources, the Abus were among the ASG who were encountered by the soldiers earlier this month in the same municipality and were hiding at SitioKanBading, BrgyTaung, Patikul, Sulu while nursing the wounds they incurred from the encounter.

The five minute firefight gave the Abus a chance to escape leaving behind one of their companion who was severely wounded.

“Our soldiers eventually captured Walton Juljirin, the ASG subleader during the clearing operation,” said Brigadier General CirilitoSobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu. “The troops immediately gave him medical attention before bringing him to the headquarters of the 501st Brigade in BrgyTagbak, Indanan, Sulu.”

Also recovered by troops were one cal 7.62 FN-G1 rifle; magazines; ammunitions; suspected Improvised Explosive Device and two hand grenades.

“The group of Walton Juljirin is also under the group of ASG sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan (nephew of ASG leader HajanSawadjaan).

His group was responsible in the series of IED and roadside bombings along the highway of Patikul, Sulu.

Also, Juljirin’s group is the liquidation squad of Sawadjaan’s group,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command. From January 1 to March 30, 2018, a total of 84 Abu Sayyaf members were neutralized by the troops through the intensified operations of the Joint Task Forces in Western Mindanao.

Of this number, 60 Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the troops, 13 were arrested/apprehended and 11 were killed in the military offensives.

“With the capture of Juljirin, we are optimistic that we will gain more grounds and soon defeat the Abu Sayyaf here in the island Provinces,” LtGen Galvez added.

“Our priority is to find and rescue the remaining kidnap victims who are still in Sulu area.

We are currently doubling our efforts towards that goal.”

“We are thankful that those who surrendered and the civilians as well, are giving us very vital and accurate information pertaining to the location of these bandits. We are indeed seeing the eventual collapse of the group, as what our Secretary of National Defense DelfinLorenzana has said in his earlier statement.”