Three suspected Abu Sayyaf members got killed as Air Force planes bombed the bandit group’s lair in Indanan, Sulu, on Sunday, a military spokesman said.
Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, AFP Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said OV-10 bomber planes conducted the air strike in Brgy. Karawan around 6:30 a.m.
“The target area is reportedly the harboring site of Abu Sayyaf leader Umbra Jumdail alias Dr. Abu,” Cabangbang said in a text message.
Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao regional police director, said three OV-10 planes backed up the ground troops who carried out the assault.
The Abu Sayyaf members in the area are reportedly led by Jumdail along with Marwan and Mauwiyah of the regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah, according to the police official.
Around 11:21 a.m., ground troops found three unidentified cadavers clad in assorted military uniforms about 5 meters away from the bomb’s impact area, Cabangbang said.
Also recovered were two M16 rifles, an M14 rifle, a caliber-.45 pistol, assorted military uniforms, civilian bags, laminated sacks, and personal belongings, according to the regional military spokesman. (John Roson)
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