Alleged aide of late Abu Sayyaf leader Hapilon killed in Zamboanga City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 2) – Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Arrasid Adjing Halissam, also known as Guru Ara, was killed in a police operation in Zamboanga City on Tuesday.

Police said Ara, a "trusted aide" of slain Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, tried to evade arrest when they served a search warrant in Margarita Drive, Barangay San Roque.

Ara, also a facilitator of the late Malaysian international terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir, alias Marwan, allegedly fired back at police officers which prompted them to shoot back.

Law enforcers recovered a loaded pistol, a hand grenade, and an improvised explosive device during the search.

Authorities said Ara was involved in several bombing and kidnapping incidents in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Sulu, Basilan, and Bohol. He also allegedly took part in the Jolo Cathedral bomb attack in January 2019 which left 20 people dead and 105 hurt, and the twin bombings also in Jolo in August 2020 which killed 14 and wounded 75.