Abu Sayyaf Commander Slain In Malaysia

Abu Sayyaf Commander Slain In Malaysia
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Malaysian security forces, Tiger Platoon, have killed a key member of Philippine Islamist armed group in a shootout in waters off Sabah in Borneo, according to the Philippine military. Abu Sayyaf is a Jihadist terror group based in and around Jolo and Basilan islands in the southwestern part of the Philippines.

Abu Sayyaf commander Abraham Hamid had led the kidnapping of several foreigners from a tourist resort in the southern Philippines last year, two of whom were later beheaded.

“The death of Hamid is a big blow to the Abu Sayyaf as it neutralized one of the notorious bandits and will degrade their capability for spotting and kidnapping victims in the future,” said Major Filemon Tan, regional military spokesperson for the Philippines, on Saturday.

Hamid led bandits have snatched two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina from a high-end resort in Samal island, Davao province, 980km south of the capital Manila, in September last year (2015). He had also been involved in the kidnapping of four Indonesian crewmen in April.

Two other fighters were killed alongside Hamid in the shootout with Malaysian police in Lahad Datu in eastern Sabah, he said.

Separately, the Philippine military said that at least three soldiers were killed in the southern Philippine island of Sulu, following a gun battle with Abu Sayyaf fighters.

Seventeen other soldiers were reported injured in the encounter, which lasted for almost two hours, in Patikul town on Saturday.

 

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