An Abu Sayyaf Group member was killed in an encounter with the government forces in Sulu on Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Troops of Joint Task Force Sulu conducted strike operation targeting an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member in Barangay Lumbaan Mahaba, Parang, Sulu at 2 a.m., same day. This resulted in a short firefight that led to the death of the target identified as Gan Salahudin, an ASG member under sub-leader Apah Salah.
While clearing the encounter site, troops recovered the enemy cadaver, one 5.56mm M16 rifle, and one M203 Grenade Launcher. After the documentation, the dead body of the slain ASG member was handed over to his relatives.
Meanwhile, operating troops of Joint Task Force Sulu encountered undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf Group in Barangay Buanza, Indanan, Sulu. Firefight is still ongoing as of press time.
“The military is doing its best to convince all the remnants of the Abu Sayyaf Group to return to the folds of the law. But we also remain tough if they refuse to end the conflict peacefully. We will exhaust all our available resources to hunt and pound all those who plan to create disturbance in the peaceful communities and victimize innocent civilians in our area of operation,” Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said. — PA