Abu Sayyaf member killed in Bohol hours after escaping – police

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Saad Samad Kiram

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5) — An arrested Abu Sayyaf member was killed Friday morning in Bohol, more than two hours after he allegedly escaped authorities.

Police said Saad Samad Kiram, 36, managed to escape at around 2:30 a.m. while on their way to the Bohol District Jail in Tagbilaran City, where he was supposed to be detained. He was initially held at the Bohol Provincial Police Office (PPO) for questioning.

After around two hours of pursuit operation, police killed Saad because he "fought back," Bohol PPO Director Felipe Natividad told CNN Philippines.

Saad was brought to the provincial hospital but was declared dead on arrival at around 5 a.m., Natividad added.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Noli Taliño told CNN Philippines he ordered the provincial police to investigate the attempted escape.

Initial reports show Saad asked to use the restroom but ran away instead. At around 4:30 a.m. he attempted to snatch a gun from one of the policemen, which resulted in his death, Taliño said.

Saad was arrested in Barangay Tanawan, Tubigon, Bohol at around 7 a.m. on Thursday.

He was among the Abu Sayyaf members who sneaked into Bohol last Holy Week, and engaged in deadly firefights with government forces.

Authorities are still hunting down two more Abu Sayyaf members in Bohol, who according to Saad were wounded.

Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza, who married Abu Sayyaf bomb expert Reneer Lou Dongon, earlier claimed they were attempting to rescue a certain "Saad" in an attempt to gain the rebel group's trust and extract information for the government.

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CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.