Friday, November 20, 2020

2 Sayyaf commander slain in Sulu

SULU – Troops killed 2 Abu Sayyaf commanders in fierce clashes Friday in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, security officials said.

Officials said members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-1 clashed with the terrorist group in Mount Bawis in Panamao town and killed Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Munap Binda and Bensio Barahama.

Binda is the senior leader of the ASG operating in the municipalities of Kalingalan Caluang and Panamao,” said army Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the Western Mindanao Command, adding, the slain commander was also linked to cross-border kidnappings in Sabah.

“Likewise, Bensio was involved in numerous kidnap-for-ransom activities victimizing foreign nationals including (Swiss national) Lorenzo Vinciguerra and Indonesians Maharudin Bin Lunani and Muhammad Farhan. He was also involved in the kidnapping of our kababayans - Ronnie Sandagon, Jerel Pepito, Eddie Reubal, Marcial Espa┼ła, Arvin Sabanduquia, Rufino Bustilo, Joseph Bani, Hajan Terong, Joshua Bani, and Michelle Tolentino Panes,” he added.

He said troops also recovered 3 Abu Sayyaf automatic rifles from the slain terrorists. 

Marine commander Lt. Col. Marvin Salvan said their successful operations against the Abu Sayyaf were guided by good intelligence. “Our good intelligence operations yielded to these positive results and we are grateful that no one from our side was injured during the operations,” he said.

Salvan said the operations are continuing in the area where terrorists are actively operating. (Mindanao Examiner)

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