By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WesMinCom) said Wednesday that a notorious follower of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) top leader Furudji Indama was killed as a result of the intensified operations launched by the military in Basilan.
Army Major Filemon I. Tan Jr., AFP-WesMinCom spokesman said, composite forces of the 64th Infantry Battalion, Civilian Active Auxiliary under the 4th Special Forces Battalion, and members of the Civilian Volunteer Organization in Sumisip, Basilan, conducted focused military operations against the group of Abu Sayyaf member “Garabat” in Barangay Sapah Bulak, Sumisip, Basilan early Wednesday morning.
The said armed confrontation led to the death of Garabat and the recovery of an R4 assault rifle.
Tan said Abu Sayyaf members withdrew towards the direction of Sitio Pandekepan through Sitio Gantalan, Barangay Sapah Bulak, Basilan. “Troops under the Joint Task Force Basilan proceeded to the encounter to provide follow-on and augmentation forces,” Tan said.
“All other troops were alerted and continued to conduct full inspection to all vehicles going to and from the vicinity,” he added.
Tan said pursuit operations are ongoing to hunt down the remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits.