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AFP: Hapilon bedridden, needs blood

At least 15 Abu Sayyaf, Maute, Indonesian terrorists also reportedly killed in Butig airstrikes

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By Francis Wakefield

Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon is reportedly bedridden and requiring blood transfusion after being severely wounded in airstrikes and shelling in Butig, Lanao del Sur that also caused the deaths of at least 15 members of ASG, Maute Group and an Indonesian terrorist.

Hapilon “needs blood transfusion,” said AFP chief of staff General Eduardo Año, citing intelligence reports. “If he fails to get proper medical treatment he will die.”

“He’s bedridden and cannot walk. He’s being carried by his men through the use of an improvised stretcher,” Año added.

Isnilon Hapilon. FBI | mb.com.ph

Isnilon Hapilon.
FBI | mb.com.ph

Aside from Hapilon, six other terrorists including a foreigner were also wounded, according to Año, who got the number of casualties on intelligence reports on the ground.

After the intensified airstrikes and shelling on Wednesday up until past midnight of Thursday, “there is still ongoing ground operations so we expect that there will be encounters forthcoming,” Año said.

But the military chief said troops on the ground have yet to engage the terrorists who remain hiding in Butig. “Our operations have been deliberate so we expect in the coming days there will be ground [fighting] that will take place.”

Regarding the killed Indonesian terrorist—identified as one “Mohisen”—Año said the authorities are digging and doing more investigation to the Indonesian’s background, including whether he is a member of the so-called Islamic State.

“He was with Isnilon Hapilon when they traveled from Basilan to Lanao del Sur together with the other foreigners. But he (Mohisen) is not like the JI (Jemaah Islamiyah) who is an expert bomb maker,” Año said.

“As to his role it could be a religious adviser. Maybe he was task to organize or unite the various local terrorist groups here. So we will see. I’ve already asked for the background and details about Mohisen.”

Authorities have also monitored two more foreigners who were with Hapilon when they traveled to Lanao del Sur but they have yet to determine their nationalities.

AFP public affairs chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo earlier identified two other local terrorists killed aside from “Mohisen” as Sahl Num and one “Sada,” while among the seven wounded are those identified as one “Amirul” and “Emir.”

Año said one of AFP’s four newly acquired South Korean FA-50 fighter jets was used during the airstrikes.

“It was part of the aircraft used by the Air Force. We used a lot of aircraft and the FA-50 was one of them,” Año said.

“The aircraft is very efficient and very precise. So we can see that the FA50 is not only use for ceremonial purposes but for our internal security operations.”

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  • John Puruntong

    He should get blood from the YELLOWTARDS. They have plenty of blood from their BLEEDING HEARTS LOL

    • Jugular

      wag na sayang lang …eh hayop na yan eh….kailangan pa ba ng dugo ng tao hindi na…dugo na lang ng baboy

    • MaxCentavo

      What are you talking about…..seems you are laughing at yourself. Maybe you understans, nobody else does!! malaka

    • leomar101

      hahahaha good one. It was also the yelo president who almost gave them a state of their own and billions of monetary support from the taxpayers.

  • Duh

    If you know these are facts , then go and arrest him ! He can’t run away this time.

  • mutamo

    pig’s blood is readily available anywhere..if he’s in dire need

    • Warren Madriaga

      good idea!

  • Jugular

    o saksakan na ng haram – dugo ng baboy yan, sa gawa nyan tao pa ba ang ganyan hindi na halimaw na yan

  • leomar101

    What are you waiting for militay. why don’t you go andfinish him off right now if you got a credible intel report Kill him and get the 5 million dollars reward from Trump.

  • bright

    Thank you PNoy for the FA50s.

    Oh ayan Poong Ilong nagamit ung mga aircrafts!

    • Warren Madriaga

      Pinakinabangan ng Duterte Administration… hindi pang display at papogi lang nung Dilawan days.

      • bright

        Alam mo ba when dumating ang FA50s sir?

        • Junior Felix

          Hindi naman talaga ‘yan ginamit noong PNoy days kasi nga hindi nilagyan ng bala/missiles. Kaya nga galit si PDuterte eh.

          • bright

            Klarong wala kang alam.

          • bright

            Klarong wala kang alam.

  • Dennis Acsolab

    sana pumanaw na para maibsan ang problema sa bansa grabie n talaga ang pwerwisyo nila

  • Warren Madriaga

    Kung ganun ka tindi ang intelligence nyo.. sigurado alam nyo na ang location… wag na tantanan yan! pulbusin na!!!