ASG ban­dit ar­rested ahead of anti-ter­ror­ism sum­mit

Manila Times - - REGION - BY AL JACINTO WITH DEMPSEY REYES

ZAM­BOANGA CITY: Se­cu­rity forces in Zam­boanga City ar­rested an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) ban­dit in­volved in mass kid­nap­pings in Basi­lan, a day be­fore the re­gional anti-ter­ror­ism sum­mit here.

Po­lice said Hussin Iril alias at ad­dress­ing vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism Ibba Gani, cap­tured at Paseo del and ter­ror­ism. De­fense Se­creMar on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, was tary Delfin Loren­zana at­tended im­pli­cated in the ab­duc­tions the sum­mit. and bru­tal killings in Lantawan Iril was the 4th Abu Sayyaf town after the ban­dits raided a fighter ar­rested in Zam­bo­co­conut and rub­ber plan­ta­tion anga in re­cent weeks. He is there in 2001. cur­rently be­ing in­ter­ro­gated.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, Three other mil­i­tants, na­tives cit­ing fresh in­tel­li­gence reof Basi­lan, were cap­tured re­ports, re­cently said that lo­cently for plot­ting to bomb cal mil­i­tants al­lied with the civil­ian tar­gets here. Is­lamic State ( IS), are tar­getZam­boanga has been bombed ing Zam­boanga and Is­abela many times in the past years City in Basi­lan, one of five and res­i­dents face a con­tin­u­ing prov­inces in the Au­ton­o­mous threat from the Abu Sayyaf. Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao. The anti- ter­ror­ism sum­mit is

Ulama or Mus­lim schol­ars an off­shoot of the Ulama fo­rum from Zam­boanga City, Basi­lan, held in Cota­bato City in May. Sulu and Tawi- Tawi prov­inces Ini­ti­ated by ARMM, the re­gional gath­ered here on Fri­day for a Darul Ifta and Ma­jlish- Shura, two- day re­gional sum­mit aimed Re­gional Gov. Mu­jiv Hata- man said they are mo­bi­liz­ing the Ulama to spread the true teach­ings of Is­lam to counter the threat of vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

The Darul Ifta said that “ter­ror­ism and mis­chief can­not be ac­cepted as syn­onyms to ji­had, or part of the strug­gle, be­cause our re­li­gion com­mands us to be com­pas­sion­ate to all be­ings in the land.”

The sum­mit also con­demned the brazen at­tack of IS- in­spired ban­dits in Marawi City on May 23. The fight­ing has been on­go­ing for more than five months now and has vir­tu­ally turned Marawi into a war- rav­aged city sim­i­lar to Mo­sul in Iraq.

Hata­man said the sum­mit brings to­gether the Ulama in the re­gion for mu­tual con­sul­ta­tion and for dis­cus­sions on the press­ing is­sue of vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism, as well as to reach a con­sen­sus on how to pro­tect the Mus­lim com­mu­nity in gen­eral, and de­ter­mine the Ulama’s role in coun­ter­ing and pre­vent­ing ex­trem­ism.

Mean­while, three ASG ter­ror­ists with high- pow­ered firearms have sur­ren­dered to au­thor­i­ties on Fri­day in Barangay Buliban­gao, Tongkil town of Sulu.

Brig. Gen. Ciril­ito Sobe­jana, Joint Task Force Sulu com­man­der, said the 545th En­gi­neer­ing Com­mand Bat­tal­ion and the Philip­pine Coast Guard in Western Min­danao fa­cil­i­tated the sur­ren­der on Thurs­day.

The ASG men were iden­ti­fied as Aji­mad Mus­nali, Nanah Am­dad Tung­gal and Hasiri Sabirin un­der the group’s sub- leader Al­habsy Misaya who was killed in a shootout with troops of Joint Task Force Sulu. They turned over three cal­iber 30 spring field firearms.

Sobe­jana said the ban­dits men­tioned lead­er­ship vac­uum, lack of lo­gis­tics and fi­nances, dis­or­ga­nized group and lost of com­mu­nity sup­port as among the rea­sons for their sur­ren­der.

“They [ also] re­al­ized that be­head­ing among their kid­napped vic­tims is un- Is­lamic,” Sobe­jana noted.

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