Abu Sayyaf terrorist group commander shot dead in Bohol

Abu Sayyaf terrorist group commander shot dead in Bohol

BOHOL – Acting on international and local intelligence information, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a joint national security operation in Bohol in which a commander of Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf was shot dead.

PNP chief director-general Ronald dela Rosa said that the operation started early on Tuesday. Security forces attacked the Abu Sayyaf in the coastal town of Inabanga in Bohol province, thwarting the group’s mission to kidnap local and foreign tourists.

According to military officials, six terrorists were killed. Three soldiers and one police officer also perished during the battle.

Among the slain terrorists was an Abu Sayyaf commander known as Muammar Askali, aka “Abu Rahmi.”

“Yes, Abu Rahmi is among those Abu Sayyaf killed in Bohol operation, six killed among the enemies, our troops recovered another body on the site of encounter,” AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año confirmed.

Abu Rahmi was one of the terrorists that kidnapped two Canadians on Samal island in September 2015. The two Canadians were later beheaded mercilessly by the terrorist group after negotiations failed.

“It’s a major blow, Abu Rahmi participated in Samal kidnapping and also on the Canadians. I can declare that the threat is over successfully after the siege in Barangay Napo, Inabanga, Bohol although we are still pursuing some of the remnants of the groups,” AFP Gen. Eduardo Año further remarked.

The joint AFP/PNP mission is a visible demonstration of the political will of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte to crush terrorist operations in the country, as he had vowed in his State of the Nation Address in 2016.


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