An alleged sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf was killed in an encounter with government troops in the waters of Parang, Sulu around midnight yesterday.
Badong Muktadil fired at personnel of the Fleet-Marine Forces who were conducting maritime patrol when they tried to intercept his speedboat locally known as jungkong in Barangay Silangkan.
Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) commander, said Muktadil was declared dead on arrival at the CGTB Station Hospital in Barangay Busbus, Jolo.
Sobejana said Muktadil’s death is another setback for the Abu Sayyaf.
“JTFS would like to thank concerned citizens and the local government…for promptly informing us of the presence of lawless elements,” he said.
Muktadil and his group have pending warrants of arrest for kidnapping with serious illegal detention and murder.
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The bandits are also wanted by Malaysian authorities for their involvement in hijackings and kidnappings at the border of Tawi-Tawi and Sabah.
Muktadil’s group is allegedly involved in the kidnapping of Taiwanese Chang An Wei, alias Evelyn Chan, at Pon Pon Island Resort in Sabah in November 2013. Chang’s companion was killed in the incident.
The bandits were also tagged in the hijacking of the Vietnamese vessel MV Giang Hai off Pearl Bank in Tawi-Tawi last February.
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