Sketchy reports disclosed that operating troops from the Joint Task Force Sulu were conducting security operations at vicinity of Brgy. Silangkan, Indanan, Sulu, when it encountered the group of ASG sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya at about 9:35 p.m.
The clash resulted in Misaya’s killing. There were no reports of death coming from the government side.
AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, said no less than AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano confirmed Misaya’s neutralization during a military operation late Friday evening.
Padilla said troops from Philippine Marine units killed the Abu Sayyaf extremist commander who is considered to be one of the most notorious kidnappers in Southern Philippines.
However, Padilla said the AFP could not provide further details yet on Misaya’s killing due to ongoing follow-up operations that may jeopardize its successful accomplishment.
Padilla said Misaya is a Sulu-based ASG sub-leader and was a native of Brgy. Bunot, Indanan, Sulu. He has a standing Warrant of Arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with arson.
A bomb expert himself, Misaya was involved in many celebrated kidnapping incidents/cases such as the October 2002 Malagutay bombing that killed US serviceman Sgt. Mark Jackaon and the wounding of 23 others including another US serviceman; the January 2009 bombing of Salaam Bridge in Brgy. Bato-Bato, Indanan, Sulu and March 2011 bombing of Dennis Coffee Shop at Brgy. San Raymundo, Jolo, Sulu, which killed four civilians and wounded 11 others.