2 ASG bandits surrender amid relentless military combat operations

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COMBAT OPERATION. Two supporters of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) “Amir” Radullan Sahiron (2nd from left and 2nd from right respectively) surrendered on Monday as the army is in continuous pursuit operation against Sahiron’s group in Patikul, Sulu. Major General William Gonzales, commander of the 11th Infantry Division (center), announced on Wednesday December 8, 2021 that two Sahiron supporters and a soldier had been killed in a series of clashes earlier in Barangay Danag, Patikul . (Photo courtesy of 11ID)

CITY OF ZAMBOANGA – State troopers are relentlessly pursuing Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits who featured in a series of clashes that resulted in the deaths of two ASG supporters and a soldier in Sulu, Sulu has revealed a senior military official on Wednesday.

Major General William Gonzales, commander of the Army’s 11th Infantry Division, identified the subject of the continuous pursuit operation as the group of Radullan Sahiron, considered the “emir” of the ASG .

Gonzales said Sahiron’s group featured in three separate clashes against Special Forces and 45th Infantry Battalion (45IB) troops from 12:40 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Danag, Patikul, Sulu.

Gonzales said two Sahiron supporters and a soldier were killed in the series of clashes.

“The 45IB and our special forces had a series of clashes with Sahiron’s group. Our intelligence officers reported that two bandits were killed in the separate shootout, but unfortunately one of our soldiers, Corporal Jonald Casing, made the ultimate sacrifice,” Gonzales said in a statement Wednesday.

After the series of clashes, two Sahiron supporters surrendered to 45IB troops at Barangay Tugas, Patikul on Monday.

Lt. Col. Vicente Mabborang, the acting commander of the 45IB, identified the two ASG capitulants as Abu Adzmil, 31, and Abu Raj, 18, both residents of Patikul municipality.

Mabborang said Adzmil joined ASG when he was 18 and Raj when he was 12.

The capitulants handed over an M-79 grenade launcher and an M-16 rifle to Gonzales.

He said the two decided to surrender after learning that the Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict (TF-ELAC) would look after them and provide them with livelihood assistance to live a peaceful life with their respective families.

TF-ELAC is the local counterpart of the national government’s Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) which assists the New People’s Army (NPA) communist surrenders.

“While this loss (of Casing) hurt us deeply, we honor Jonald by accepting ASG members who are ready to start over. We forgive so we can end the cycle of violence,” said Gonzales, the concurrent commander of Joint Task Force Sulu.

“As for those who insist on this senseless violent extremism, we will continue to do our job until our mission is fully realized,” he added. (NAP)

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