AFP January-June operations results to 29 Abu Sayyaf terrorists surrender, 28 killed

AFP January-June operations results to 29 Abu Sayyaf terrorists surrender, 28 killed

The country’s government troops despite the COVID-19 pandemic continues its momentum with respect to its mission to seek and destroy every member of the notorious terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), it has recorded 29 members surrendered, 28 killed, and 4 apprehended in intense military operations from January 1 to June 18, 2020.

The military was also able to seize 41 high-powered firearms, and 7 improvised explosive devices from the bandits as 8 encampments were discovered during the same period.

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“The success of our operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group can be attributed to the strong support of the national leadership, interagency cooperation, and the soldiers’ high state of morale. The AFP will sustain this momentum against the terror group so that once and for all, peace and development will be genuinely felt by our people,” AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon T. Santos Jr. said.
Last June 18, the AFP was able to arrest a notorious ASG bomber Kahar Indama with the Philippine National Police (PNP) troops in Zamboanga last June 18. Indama is one of those responsible in the 2007 Batasan complex bombing that killed two and injured seven innocent civilians.

Last June 17 in Patikul, Sulu an ASG Imam and two members also surrendered, they brought with them one garand rifle and yielded to the Forward Operating Base of the 45th Infantry Battalion (45IB) under the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM).

WESTMINCOM also reported last June16 that six ASG members surrendered to 4th Marine Brigade in Barangay Tandu Bato in Luuk, Sulu.
Last June 5 following an intense military encounter with 40 ASG members, the 6th Special Forces Battalion killed two Abu Sayyaf militants. This encounter also resulted to the death of four Army troops and seven wounded.
“The AFP leadership salutes our troops from the Western Mindanao Command who continue to risk their lives in carrying out focused military operations to ensure the safety and security of our people in the south,” General Santos said.
“Although the accomplishments came with the unfortunate loss from the government side, the AFP will not stop in performing all-out offensives against the terrorists Abu Sayyaf Group and bring justice to their countless acts of violence against our people and the state,” General Santos added.

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