First attempt of Abu Sayyaf to kidnap in central Phils. fails with their leader killed
In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s stronger policies against terrorist groups, the Bohol clash between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf resulted in the death of Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Muamar Askali alias Abu Rami.
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Along with their chief, five other Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed while attempting another kidnapping mission, while four of the government’s soldier and policemen also died, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año said.
Abu Rami was known to have beheaded two Canadians and held hostage a German. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and had received training in bomb-making from Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, a top Southeast Asia terrorist leader who was killed in 2015.
Abu Rami’s death was confirmed by the Regional Intelligence Division (RID) or Police Regional Office 7 and the AFP assured it was going to conduct a DNA contest to affirm the sub-commander’s identity.
“This is a major blow to the Abu Sayyaf,” Año said adding that “if they have further plans to kidnap innocent people somewhere, they will now have to think twice.”
The clash in Sitio Ilaya, Napo, Bohol resulted to a total of six Abu Sayyaf members, three government soldiers, and one policeman dead while around 1,200 residents have been displaced from their homes.
Since the clash, the government enclosed the area some 10 kilometers off the village along the national highway as Special Action Force arrived from Manila.
The incident is marked as the first attempt of Abu Sayyaf to carry out a ransom abduction in Central Philippines, far from where they are notorious for in the southern provinces of Sulu and Basilan.
First attempt of Abu Sayyaf to kidnap in central Phils. fails with their leader killed Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on April 12, 2017 Rating: