Skip to comments.Abu Sayyaf commander killed in Philippines raid
Posted on 02/21/2010 6:25:53 AM PST by csvset
A senior Islamic militant was among six killed in an assault by Philippines troops on a rebel camp on the southern island of Jolo, officials say.
Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad was wanted for the abduction of three Red Cross workers on the island last year. Gen Benjamin Dolorfino said his death was a "big blow" to the group. Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for bombings, beheadings and kidnappings of Filipinos and foreigners.
It has been accused of links with al-Qaeda. "We have confirmed that one of the six bodies found belonged to Albader Parad as confirmed by independent civilian sources," said Gen Dolorfino. "We consider it a big blow on the cause of Islamic militants in the south."
He said Sunday's raid was carried out after tip-offs from local residents. One marine was killed and three were wounded during the assault. Abu Sayyaf is the smallest and most radical of the Islamic separatist groups in the southern Philippines.
Its stated goal is an independent Islamic state in Mindanao and the Sulu islands. The government refuses to hold any form of talks with the rebels.
Philippine officials said in December 2009 that they had arrested an Abu Sayyaf founder - Abdul Basir Latip - who has allegedly
been involved in kidnapping foreigners and Christians. He has also been accused of forging links between Abu Sayyaf and other militant Islamist groups, such as Jemaah Islamiah and al-Qaeda.
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6 Abus, 1 Marine die in Sulu clash
Six suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and a Marine were killed while three other soldiers were wounded in a fierce encounter between government troops and the Al Qaeda-linked bandit group early Sunday morning in Sulu, the military said.
Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo, Navy spokesman, said the clash occurred at around 7 a.m. in the vicinity of Sitio Kandang Tukay, Karawan, in the town of Maimbung.
Arevalo said an elite composite group from the 2nd and 3rd Marine Brigades under the operational control of Joint Task Force Comet based in Sulu engaged the bandit group believed led by Albader Parad and a certain Dr. Abu.
The Marines were aided by a naval barrier from patrol gunboats of the Navy and close air support from assault aircrafts of the Air Force during the two-hour fierce encounter which was initiated by the government troopers.
As a result of the decisive surgical combat operations, the bodies of six dead terrorists were recovered. Four firearms were also recovered a Belgian FN Rifle, two M203 grenade launchers, and a Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), said Arevalo.
As of noon Sunday, latest information from the field showed that a Marine was also killed in the firefight. Three others from the government side who were wounded were immediately evacuated and brought to a military hospital in Camp Bautista.
This is a severe blow against the Abu Sayyaf leadership and a major victory for the peace-loving people of Sulu who have been cooperating with our Marines by providing vital information about the bandit group, said Arevalo.
The Navy spokesman said the encounter was the result of a series of operations by the Fleet-Marine Team backed by Air Force assault aircrafts against the bandits.
This law enforcement action by the Marines came in the heels of the atrocities the bandit ASG continue to perpetrate, he added.
The Navy leadership will continue to spearhead operations to hunt down the remnants of the terrorist group following the case build-up that led to the arrest of Jumdail Arad in Pier 2, North Harbor, Manila Thursday last week, said Arevalo.
Arevalo was referring to the arrest of Arad, who carries a P600,000 reward on his head. Arad was involved in the 2001 Dos Palmas resort abduction of 20 people, including the American missionary couple, Gracia and Martin Burnham, by the ASG.
Arevalo said based on a report by Brig. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, Task Force Comet commander, to Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban, Commandant of Phil Marines Corps, an two-hour fierce firefight ensued between the government forces and the bandits.
Those who live by the sword will die by it.
Good. May more of these terrorists perish.
Word has it that AG Holder is very upset that Abu wasn’t marandized...
(Don’t tell anybody, but some very cool SEALs and Special Forces have “something” to do with these ops.)
Are there any un-cool SEAL or SF’s? All of them I’ve met were good guys.
Good on ‘em.
Another one bites the dust.