Abu Sayyaf leader's kin, killed in military operation in Sulu

Abu Sayyaf leader's kin, killed in military operation in Sulu

Abu Sayyaf Group senior leader Radullan Sahiron’s grandson was killed in a military operation by government troops in Sulu.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after receiving a tip from a highly-placed source, troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu conducted a pursuit operation to intercept two members of the ASG, who were riding a motorcycle in Barangay Bilaan in Talipao at night of April 18.

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"Nag-ano kasi sila, nag-scamper sila. They reduced their grupo nila into splintered group[s] para hindi madaling ma-detect. Eh, cordoned na natin 'yung area — plus, the support of the locals — madali na natin silang mahuli kung sakali[ng] lalabas man sila," Armed Forces of the Philippines - Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said.
[Translation: They were rushing off. They split their group to avoid being caught easily; but we had already cordoned off the area, and we had support from the local residents. We could easily track them whenever they attempt to flee from the area.]
In the middle of the operation, the soldiers recovered the remains of the grandson of the ASG top official in a site in Barangay Lambana.
"[The] neutralized Abu was identified as ['Vikram']. Vikram is an IED [improvised explosive device] maker, [who was] involved [in] the Jolo Cathedral and 1st Combat Team bombings," Joint Task Foce Sulu Commander Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan said.
"He was also involved in the encounter with the 21st Infantry Battalion," Vinluan added.
None of the soldiers were harmed during the military operation.
"Our brave soldiers fought for their lives to secure peace and order in the province of Sulu. We will pursue their commitment and bring more meaning for their contributions to attain lasting peace," Vinluan said.
"Then again, this successful operation proves that the direct involvement of the communities would put up pressure on the Abus, and constrict their movements as well," Sobejana likewise stated.

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