3 Abus captured in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2011 13:56

Three suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits, including a minor, were nabbed by government troopers in the hinterlands of Basilan early Tuesday morning.

Philippine Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said 4th Scout Ranger Battalion troopers led by Lt. Col. Armand Arevalo were scouring the forested area of Tongsengal village in Sumisip when they spotted the bandits in their makeshift tents around 6 a.m.

“The Scout Rangers were able to crawl the bandits’ position without being detected. They did not put up a fight upon seeing that they were completely surrounded by the soldiers,” Cabunoc said, citing sources from the Scout Rangers.

The bandits were identified as Abdulbaki Ismanul, 30, Al Mahdi Arshad, 22, and a child combatant named Abduhaya Pantasan, 12. Pantasan claimed to be a 4th grade pupil in Tongsengal village.

Three high-powered firearms were confiscated from the bandits including two M16A1 Rifles and an M14 Rifle.

The captives were brought to the military camp in Isabela City for custodial debriefing before being turned over to the local police for the filing of appropriate charges.

104 Brigade Commander Colonel Ricardo Visaya has contacted the local officials and the Department of Social Welfare and Development regarding Pantasan’s case, who is a minor.

The three bandits are believed to be members of the group of Furuji Indama who is responsible for several abductions and killings in the island province.

The soldiers and the police are continuously conducting pursuit operations against the remnant of the bandit group which had splintered into smaller factions to elude the government troops.