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Abu Sayyaf sub-leader killed in Sulu clash


Another notorious sub-leader of a Daesh-linked Abu Sayyaf terror group has been killed in a gun battle with government forces in Sulu province, the military said.

In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, confirmed the neutralization of ASG sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya in Indanan, during a military operation late Friday evening.

"Troops from assigned Philippine Marine units killed the Abu Sayyaf extremist commander who is considered to be one of the most notorious kidnappers in southern Philippines," Año said.

He said the AFP could not provide details yet due to ongoing follow up operations that may jeopardize its successful accomplishment. "Focused Military Operations targeting local terrorist groups in all other areas continue as well."

Misaya, who hails from Barangay Bunot, Indanan town, has a standing Warrant of Arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom penalized (cc nos: 06-10; 1720-3 and 06-10; 1719-3) under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code.

"A bomb expert himself, Misaya was involved in many celebrated kidnapping  incidents/cases such as the Oct 2002 Malagutay bombing that killed US serviceman Sgt. Mark Jackson and the wounding of 23 others including another US serviceman, the Jan. 2009 bombing of the Salaam Bridge in Barangay Bato-Bato, Indanan, Sulu and March 2011 bombing of Dennis Coffee Shop at Barangay San Raymundo, Jolo, Sulu which killed four civilians and wounded 11 others to name," WesMinCom's statement read.

Misaya is also wanted for numerous high-profile kidnappings in the sea border between the southern Philippines and Malaysia. He had been blamed for the abductions of dozens of Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malaysian crewmen of cargo ships and tugboats.

The death of Misaya comes over a week after Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Muamar Askali @ Abu Rami was killed in central Philippines while planning a major kidnap of tourists in Bogol Island.

The military had earlier said the Abu Sayyaf terrorists were still holding captive Vietnamese nationals, a Dutch and some Filipino hostages.

Over the past years, the Abu Sayyaf beheaded a German, two Canadians and undetermined Filipinos.

Since 1991, the group -- armed with mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars and automatic rifles -- has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortion in Mindanao island. Hader Glang

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