Abu Sayyaf member killed during military operations in Tawi-Tawi

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Task Force Zambasulta chief Philippine Navy Capt. Roy Trinidad said that the Abu Sayyaf member was a member of kidnap for ransom groups operating in the Tawi-Tawi-Sandakan corridor.

Zamboanga City (CNN Philippines) — An Abu Sayyaf member, reportedly involved in the kidnapping of foreigners in Malaysia, was killed during military operations in Tawi-Tawi province on Friday morning (November 20).

Task Force Zambasulta chief Philippine Navy Capt. Roy Trinidad identified the suspect as a certain Said, a member of kidnap for ransom groups operating in the Tawi-Tawi-Sandakan corridor.

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The suspect was reportedly killed during counter action operations held by combined elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) at Sitio Baligtang Asibi, Barangay Sipangkot, Sitangkai, Tawi Tawi province.

The suspect is affiliated with the group of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya and Idang Susukan and the Muktadil brothers.

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He has several warrants of arrest for the crime of murder and kidnapping with ransom.

Said was said to have participated in the abduction of Malaysians in Sabah and Sipadan; a Chinese known as Sailyn at Labawan Hadji, Singga Mata Sampurnah, Sabah; and Precillano "Nonong" Garcia, the Finance officer of West Mindanao Mining Company in Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi.

He was also involved in the attempted abduction of a certain Wilbin Carpio Lim, identified as the owner of Champion Store in Tawi-Tawi.