A member of the ISIS-inspired Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines (AKP), who was said to be one of the suspects in Gensan IED explosion was killed in an encounter with government troops yesterday morning in Sarangani province.
The fatality was identified as Bassir Sahhak.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 director Chief Supt. Eliseo Tam Rasco said the encounter occurred at 5:45 a.m. in Sitio Lebe, Bgy. Daliao, Maasim, Sarangani province.
Accordingly, combined elements of Sarangani police, a tracker team and Maasim Municipal Police Station and elements of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion (IB) encountered the fatality with his father, identified as Kupang Sahhak, in the said area.
The report said the duo sensed the presence of authorities so they immediately fired their guns, triggering a firefight.
At the height of the encounter, Bassir was killed while Kupang managed to escape.
The body of the Bassir was recovered at the scene together with an M-16 rifle, bandolier with magazine and ammunition, backpacks, cellphones and several.
Records showed that the slain terrorist was one of the suspects charged with multiple frustrated murder in relation to the IED explosion on Sept. 16, 2018 in front of Bonita lying Inn, Purok Malipayon, Bgy. Apopong, General Santos City that left eight individuals injured.
Based on Intelligence report, Basser Sahak also holds key position and play a vital role in the group. He was the leader of AKP SOG, in-charged of liquidation operation and money making activities.
He has direct contact with Sulu-based ISIS-inspired group, he managed the AKP finances, was in charged of the procurement of firearms and ammunition and has direct contact with Abu Toraife, the leader of ISIS-inspired Dawla Islamiya group operating in Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
The report also said that Basser has direct contact abroad for AKP financial support through their contact person, who is now in the Middle East.
In line with this, Rasco ordered the immediate conduct of manhunt operation against Kupang Sahak and other cohorts.