Rangers re­cover Sawad­jaan’s camp

We are win­ning our peace and de­vel­op­ment cam­paign in the is­land of Sulu

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KRISTINA MARALIT @tri­bunephl_tina

Gov­ern­ment forces closed in on wanted Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Com­man­der Mundi Sawad­jaan af­ter troop­ers of the 5th Scout Ranger Bat­tal­ion discovered and took over

an ASG har­bor site in In­danan, Sulu on Tues­day morn­ing.

In a re­port by Col. An­to­nio Bautista Jr., com­man­der of the 1101st Brigade which has op­er­a­tional ju­ris­dic­tion over the town, the Rangers led by Lt. Col. Her­bert Di­lag discovered the site where Sawad­jaan and around 40 mem­bers of the terror group have tem­po­rary set up camp for the past sev­eral days.

Sawad­jaan leads the ASG fac­tion af­fil­i­ated with the Daesh terror group.

Found in the area were the ban­dits’ per­sonal be­long­ings and left­over food.

“We are em­ploy­ing the full force of JTF (Joint Task Force) Sulu’s mil­i­tary as­sets to track down the group of Mundi Sawad­jaan. We are win­ning our peace and de­vel­op­ment cam­paign in the is­land of Sulu. In due time, the dwin­dling num­ber of the terror group will surely be dec­i­mated with the ac­tive co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port of the gov­er­nor and mu­nic­i­pal may­ors,” BGen. Wil­liam Gon­za­les, 11th In­fantry Divi­sion chief, said.

It was last 20 Septem­ber 2020 when el­e­ments of the Philip­pine Army’s 45th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion based in Patikul town clashed with Sawad­jaan’s group with sev­eral of the no­to­ri­ous ter­ror­ist and bomb expert’s sub­or­di­nates neu­tral­ized.

In due time, the dwin­dling num­ber of the terror group will surely be dec­i­mated with the ac­tive co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port of the gov­er­nor and mu­nic­i­pal may­ors.

They were the same group be­hind the bloody twin blasts in Jolo, Sulu last 24 Au­gust 2020.

Sawad­jaan was also re­spon­si­ble for the deadly twin bomb­ings that rocked the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathe­dral, also in Jolo, in Jan­uary 2019 that killed 20 peo­ple and wounded more than a hun­dred oth­ers.

From 25 Au­gust 2020 to present, three ASG mem­bers have died in the mil­i­tary’s fol­low up op­er­a­tions. Samir Sanni and two oth­ers were killed in a clash with the Scout Rangers in Patikul last 29 Au­gust 2020.

Sev­eral days later, nine ban­dits vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered to JTF Sulu for fear of be­ing killed in an armed en­counter with the se­cu­rity forces hot on the trail of the Is­lamic State-in­spired ter­ror­ists.

Hot pur­suit op­er­a­tions are still be­ing con­ducted by mil­i­tary, uti­liz­ing all of the task force’s land, sea and air as­sets.

Civil-mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion is also be­ing un­der­taken led by Sulu Gov­er­nor

Ab­dusakur Tan along with the 19 mu­nic­i­pal may­ors of the prov­ince.

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