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Civilian support key to victory in ASG leader's death, says AFP

Zamboanga City (22 February) -- The Western Mindanao Command Chief LtGen Benjamin D. Dolorfino AFP had confirmed that the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Albaner Parad and five others were killed in an encounter with military at Indanan, Sulu in the morning of February 21, 2010.

Dolorfino said that elements of Special Operations Platoon (SOP4) of Marine Battalion Landing Team 4 (MBLT4) encountered combined elements of ASG and rogue MNLF led by Albaner Parad and Gafur Jumdail in Brgy Karawan, Indanan, Sulu where firefight lasted for an hour and thirty minutes that resulted to the death of Parad and five others through body count.

The operating troops also recovered high powered fire arms such as one (1) Belgium LMG, one (1) Saw (Minimi), two (2) M16 rifles attached with M203 each.

The WESMINCOM Chief said that the successful military operation that led to the death of the infamous ASG leader is the result of continuous AFP surveillance and intelligence networking with the residents of Indanan and this success is not only of the military and police but most of all of the people of Indanan and the whole province of Sulu.

"The people of Indanan have come to face reality," Dolorfino added, that the AFP/PNP are their sole protector and these lawless elements are the oppressors.

With the death of Parad, Dolorfino assures that other lawless leaders in Sulu will soon be neutralized because the civilian populace are on the side of the AFP/PNP.

"The death of Parad in the Sunday's encounter will not end military and police pursuit operations against lawless elements in Sulu in order to end the people's sufferings from the violence and terrorism," Dolorfino stressed. (4CRG, CRSAFP/PIA9-BST) [top]

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