34 sus­pected Abu Sayyaf mem­bers nabbed in Sulu

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SOL­DIERS GUNNED down a drug traf­ficker and ar­rested 34 others, all iden­ti­fied with the Abu Sayyaf, in a law en­force­ment oper­a­tion Wed­nes­day in Patikul town in Sulu. Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Reuben Theodore C. Sin­dac, po­lice di­rec­tor for the Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (ARMM), on Thurs­day said the fa­tal­ity, Jah Ad­dul, died from mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds sus­tained in an en­counter with pur­su­ing po­lice­men and sol­diers. Ad­dul and his co­horts at­tacked the com­bined po­lice and Army per­son­nel tasked to ar­rest one of them. The Abu Sayyaf has small groups in Patikul, which is not too dis­tant from Jolo, the cap­i­tal town of Sulu, a com­po­nent prov­ince of ARMM. Sin­dac said mem­bers of the Sulu pro­vin­cial po­lice of­fice and the Army’s 45th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion were to search for Namil Aha­jari in a se­cluded area in Barangay Danag but his fol­low­ers re­sisted, spark­ing a gun­fight. Aha­jari, who be­long to the Abu Sayyaf, is wanted for heinous of­fenses and has pend­ing crim­i­nal cases in lo­cal courts. —

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