In an early morning shootout at Barangay Dabenayan, Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Army troops neutralized Daulah Islamiya’s (DI) new leader, who specializes in IED fabrication and bomb-making, and four of his subordinates.
Salahudin Hasan and his wife, who functioned as the terror group’s financial officer, were killed in an encounter with Army troops on October 29 in Talayan, Maguindanao, and Asim “Abu Azim” Karinda took over as the DI leader.
For an hour, soldiers from the Army’s 6th Infantry Battalion battled Azim and his men.
“Our ground forces recovered the abandoned lifeless bodies of Azim and his four followers after the firefight,” said 6IB Commander Lt. Col. Charlie Banaag, adding that government forces did not suffer any casualties.
The other DI members that were neutralized were Fahad Salipada alias Naz, Salahudin Hasan’s close security aide; Hamsallah Ganoy Salangani; Salah Salipada; and a certain alias Tatoks.
In a related event, after an engagement in Barangay Ganta, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao, Joint Task Force Central forces neutralized the son of DI sub-leader Hasan Indal, known as alias “Adsam.”
Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, Army Commanding General (CGPA) and AFP Chief of Staff, praised the troops’ latest achievement while emphasizing the significance of focusing the Army’s resources on defeating armed organizations that pose a threat to the public.