By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY — An Abu Sayyaf bandit was captured by the operating troops of the Joint Task Force Basilan at dawn, Sunday in the village of Bohe Yawas in Lamitan City, Basilan province.
Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) spokesman Army Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay said soldiers of the 19th Special Forces Company of the 4th Special Forces Battalion captured Ismael Gampal, an ASG member operating in the province.
Recovered from Gampal’s possession is an M16 rifle and other war materiel including a battle dress uniform and a military backpack.
The captured bandit and recovered items were brought to the headquarters of the 19SFC at Barangay Dangcalan, Lamitan City for debriefing prior his turnover to the Lamitan police.
“Our persistent military operations specifically targeting Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) resulted in this recent accomplishment,” said Col. Juvymax Uy, the commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan.
“We also would like to recognize the help of those who have already surrendered for the precise information they have given so that we can zero in on specific ASG targets.”
As of this report, 262 Abus were already neutralized by the Joint Task Forces of Western Mindanao. Of this number, 97 bandits were killed, 67 were apprehended, and 98 surrendered.
The troops recovered from the ASG 131 high-powered and 20 low-powered firearms.
“I laud the accomplishments of our soldiers as they continue to do their mandate even if we are in our trying times right now,” says Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr,. commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“I also would like to recognize the continuing support of the local government unit and the people of Basilan, in our fight to contain and eliminate these terror groups,” Galvez said.
“We assure the peace-loving Filipino people that your soldiers will be more driven and inspired to take on our mandate to protect and keep safe our communities from terror threat, no matter what it takes,” the WestMinCom chief added.
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