Written by Zaida Delos Reyes-palanca
Publish in Journal.com
A son of a sub-leader of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed in an airstrike launched by the Philippine Army (PA) on All Saints’ Day in Patikul, Sulu.
This was confirmed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) Public Affairs Office Chief Captain Rowena Muyuela.
Killed was Uran Jawhari, son of ASG sub-leader Jamiri Jaong Jawhari, member of ASG Lucky 9 and resident of Sitio Kanjimaw, Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul Sulu.
Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo showed the airstrike occurred on November 1 in a remote area in Sitio Sangay, Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul Sulu.
Captain Muyuela said based on the blood stain in the area they believed that there were other members of the bandits injured during the airstrike.
Among those believed to be injured were alias Tula, member of the group of ASG Sub leaders Hatid Hadjan Sawadjaan and Jamiri Jawhari.
AFP Westmincom chief Lt. General Rusty Guerrero said the government forces strengthened their monitoring to ensure that bandits will not be able to escape from the area.
Guerrero said all available assets and units of AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) in Sulu will be maximized to contain the bandits in one place.