ANOTHER notorious sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed in an encounter with government troops the other night in Parang, Sulu.
Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana identified the slain suspect as Badong Muktadil, who is involved in a series of kidnapping activities in the province and also wanted by Malaysian authorities.
Reports said that the encounter occurred at around midnight in the seawaters of Bgy. Silangkan, Parang.
Accordingly, fleet Marine Forces of JTF Sulu were conducting maritime patrol operation when they encountered the group of the suspect aboard a Jungkong-type watercraft, killing the ASG sub-leader.
Muktadil’s body was brought to CGTB Station Hospital in Bgy. Busbus, Jolo, Sulu for proper disposition.
Sobejana said the neutralization of Muktadil is another big setback for the ASG, particularly on their kidnapping and terroristic activities that made the residents in Sulu felt some sort of relief from the threat posed by the bandit group.
“JTF Sulu would like to thank the concerned citizens and the local government in the area for promptly informing us the presence of the lawless elements that lead their neutralization, thus thwarting their hostile plans,” Sobejana said.
Records showed that Muktadil and his group have five warrants for kidnapping and serious illegal detention and one for murder.
They are also wanted by the Malaysian authorities for their involvement in seajacking, attacks on foreign vessels and abductions at the maritime borders of Tawi-Tawi and Sabah, Malaysia.
The group was said to be involved in the abductuon of Taiwanese national Chang An Wei, alias Evelyn Chan, on Nov. 15, 2013 at Pon Pon Island Resort Sabah and the killing of his male companion.
They were also involved in the seajacking of Vietnamese Vessel (MV Giang Hai) off Pearl Bank, Tawi-Tawi on February 19,2017.