A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) linked to a drug syndicate was killed while 34 others were arrested in anti-illegal drug operation conducted by combined police and military troops the other day in Sulu.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) commander Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr. yesterday said the slain bandit was identified only as certain Jah, a known follower of Hairulla Asbang.
Jah’s body was retrieved by the troops in the area of engagement after the clearing operations.
The incident occurred at around 4 a.m. at Bgy. Da-nag, Patikul, Sulu.
Galvez said elements of the Army’s 45th Infantry Battalion and police personnel went to the area to conduct anti-illegal drug operation but encountered a group of bandits who are reportedly involved in illegal drug operations.
The incident resulted in the recovery of an M-16 rifle, three caliber .45 pistols, five hand grenades and drug paraphernalia.
Thirty-four persons, including a woman, who were at the engagement area, were nabbed and will be investigated.
The suspect and the seized items were brought to Sulu Provincial Police Office for investigation and documentation.
Meanwhile, ASG leader Radullan Sahiron sent surrender feelers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
According to AFP Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Virility Sobejana, “Walang date e, pero nagpahiwatig na, accordingly, as reported to us, he is weak, tired and weary as they are moving to one place to another.”