Abu Sayyaf leader slain, 5 others surrender in Sulu – military

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — An Abu Sayyaf subgroup leader was killed while five others surrendered to the military in two separate incidents in Sulu on Wednesday.

Reports from the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said Absulajim Abdulgani, also known as Suraka Ingog, was killed in a joint police and military operation in Patikul town's Kalimayahan Village.

Recovered from the body of Abdulgani — an alleged Abu Sayyaf subgroup leader and bomb expert — were a .45-caliber pistol with magazine, ammunition, and ₱2,421 in cash.

In a separate incident, another listed Abu Sayyaf subgroup leader and four of his followers surrendered to troops around 9 a.m.

Leader Ali Hassan and members Omar Innol, Simal Alam, Kimbo Alam, and Hayudini Amil yielded to the Marine Base Landing Team-1 under the Joint Task Force Sulu. They surrendered four M1 Garand Rifles.

"The Joint Task Force Sulu is continuously implementing its all-out campaign in eradicating the Abu Sayyaf Group in the province," the Wesmincom statement read.