Bandit group leader killed in Sacol clash PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:16

The leader of a bandit group linked to the Abu Sayyaf was killed in a clash with government troops in Busay, Sacol Island last Sunday night.
Sacol Police Station commander Chief Insp. Nonito Asdai identified the slain bandit leader as Imran Asgari. He was wanted by the law with pending warrant of arrest for multiple murder.

Asdai said the exchange of gunfire lasted for more than 20 minutes that resulted in the death of Asgari while his four followers withdrew and escaped.

Asgari and his men were spotted by the police and soldiers in Busay around 7 p.m.. An exchange of gunfire ensued.

The soldiers tried to convince Asgari and his men to surrender but they were answered with bullets fired by the bandit group.

Asgari’s followers escaped when they saw their leader fal and died on the spot.

Recovered at the scene of encounter were a bandoleer with four short magazines of M16 rifle.

Asdai said that Asgari had a pending warrant of arrest for multiple murder. He was also tagged as the perpetrator of the ambush that killed a barangay chairman of Sacol island and his son few years ago in Barangay Talabaan.

It was learned that Asgari was also involved in the selling of illegal drugs in Sacol.

Few days ago, government troops clashed with Asgari’s group in Sacol that resulted in  the death of one of his followers. — Dan Toribio Jr.