Abu Sayyaf kidnap gang sub-leader killed

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PARANG, SULU — A sub-leader of the notorious kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), identified as Badong Mutakdil, was killed Saturday in the waters off Parang, Sulu.

The military-police Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu reported yesterday that their Fleet-Marine Forces encountered Mutakdil’s group while conducting sea patrol, wherein he was killed in the exchange of fire.

“The neutralization of Badong is another big setback on the ASG particularly on their kidnapping and terroristic activities making the residents in Sulu (feel) some sort of relief from the threat posed by Badong’s group,” Brig. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, commander of JTF Sulu said.

Mr. Mutakdil’s cadaver was brought to Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital, Busbus village, Jolo for proper disposition.

“JFT Sulu would like to thank the local government in the area for promptly informing us the presence of the lawless elements that lead (to) their neutralization… thwart their hostile plans,” Mr. Sobejana added.

Mr. Mutakdil and his group have five warrants of arrests for kidnapping and illegal detention and one for murder.

They are also wanted by Malaysian authorities for their involvement in sea jacking, attacks on foreign vessels, and abductions at the maritime borders of Tawi-Tawi and Sabah, Malaysia.

Mr. Mutakdil’s group is suspected to have been involved with the abduction of Taiwanese national Chang An Wei at the Evelyn Chan at Pon Pon Island Resort in Sabah on Nov. 15, 2013, and the sea-jacking of Vietnamese Vessel MV Giang Hai off Pearl Bank, Tawi-Tawi on Feb. 19, 2017. — Jil Danielle M. Caro