RP Troops Kill 2 Sayyaf Terrorists

July 5, 2007 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 05 Jul) – Two Abu Sayyaf militants, whose group is tied to al-Qaeda terror network, were killed in clash with security forces on Thursday in the southern Philippine island of Basilan, officials said.

Officials said one of those killed was believed to be a local commander. The fighting erupted in the village of Bohe Bessey in Akbar town after marine troops clashed with about 30 Abu Sayyaf gunmen.

“Two Abu Sayyafs are killed and one of them was a local terrorist leader Panjang Mohammad,” Colonel Ramiro Alivio, commander of the 1st Marine Brigade on the island, told the regional newspaper, the Mindanao Examiner.

Colonel Alivio said troops recovered three Abu Sayyaf rifles in the village. There were no reports of military casualties, he said.

The operation, he said, was part of campaign to rid the island of Abu Sayyaf terrorists.

Army Lieutenant General Eugenio Cedo, a regional military chief, said they have mounted a new offensive dubbed Oplan: Ultimatum on July 1 against the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya on nearby island of Jolo in the Sulu Archipelago.

The offensive is aimed at capturing senior Abu Sayyaf leaders headed by its Yasser Igasan and two Jemaah Islamiya terrorists Dulmatin and Umar Patek, tagged as behind the deadly Bali bombings in 2002 that killed 202 people.

Jolo island, about 950 kms south of Manila, is being used as a springboard for terror attacks by the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya, blamed by Filipino authorities for the spate of bombings on the troubled, but mineral-rich region of Mindanao. (Juley Reyes and Juan Magtanggol)

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