An Abu Sayyaf sub-leader wanted by the authorities for the deadly clash last October reportedly got killed in an ambush in Al Barka, Basilan, on Sunday, a military official said.

Long Malat Sulayman was ambushed by the group of a certain Ibnie Mallapin in Brgy. Kuhon Lennuh around 11 a.m., said Col. Ricardo Visaya, commander of the Army’s 104 Brigade and Joint Task Force Basilan.

Malat reportedly died around 3 p.m. due to loss of blood, Visaya said in a text message, citing information from a “reliable source.”

Mallapin, a “lawless element” and son of a certain Ombong of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), was said to have carried out the ambuscade due to “rido,” according to the military official.

Malat was among the more than 300 persons charged by the police for the clash that left 19 soldiers and five Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters dead in Al Barka last October 18.

The soldiers were said to be on a mission to arrest Malat and MILF 114th Base Command sub-commander Dan Laksaw Asnawi for previous murder charges that stemmed from the beheading of 10 of 14 Marines killed, also in Al Barkah, in 2007. (John Roson)

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