ASG member neutralized, another wounded in Sulu
Sulu (16 November) -- An Abu Sayyaf Group member who carries a P 300,000 bounty for his arrest was neutralized by military troops in the province of Sulu on Friday evening.
3rd Marine Brigade Commander Col Eugenio Clemen PN (M) named the wanted bandit as Faidar Hadjadi alias Abu Solomon who has standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
According to Col Clemen, Abu Solomon, who was aboard a motorcycle with another ASG member Jaiton Torsita Abubakar, engaged government troops at 7:45 PM in a military checkpoint in the vicinity of Ummul village, Brgy Kajatian of Indanan municipality. The Marines manning the said checkpoint are under 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team Commanding Officer Lt Col Jimmy Larida PN (M).
"Solomon resisted arrest by engaging the arresting troops. He got killed during the exchange of fire, while his wounded companion escaped," he recounted. After the fire fight, AFP troops recovered.45 colt caliber, single motorcycle, and a cellphone. The cadaver was brought to the headquarters of Joint Task Force Comet.
Meanwhile, Joint Task Force Comet Commander Maj Gen Juancho M Sabban lauded his troops for their unyielding manhunt operations on the remaining ASG leaders and members.
"We ensure that our commitment to bring the terrorists to justice remains firm. We maintain our diligence on keeping a close watch on others on the loose," he said.
In addition, he accentuated the significance of checkpoints as effective means to block wanted criminals.
"The success of this operation is not only attributed to the assiduous intelligence operatives and alert Marines, but is also owed to the support and cooperation extended by the local populace. Thus, this is an irrefutable sign of victory, not solely of the military, but also of the peace-loving and responsible citizens who volunteered information to the military," he stressed.
Only a week ago, ASG sub-leader Sakirin Andalan Sali alias Kirih-Kirih who carries a P2-million bounty for his capture was arrested here by Marine troops. (42CRU, 4CRG, CRSAFP/PIA-BASULTA) [top]