Eight bandits under Abu Sayyaf leader Sawadjaan surrender to military

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) - Eight bandits linked to the alleged mastermind behind the twin explosions in Jolo in August surrendered to the military on Wednesday.

The military identified them as Adbul Jihili, 28; Abu Yusop, 38; Sahira Sahibul, 28; Ali Jumsa, 38; Piedo Jumahari, 54; Mujib Jainal,48; Abdul Abubakar, 34; and Ila Abbas, 47. They were under Abu Sayyaf leader Mundi Sawadjaan. They surrendered to 1101st Brigade Commander Col. Antonio Bautista, Jr. of the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTF-Sulu).

JTF-Sulu said in a statement the bandits surrendered “for fear of being caught in an armed encounter with the operating troops.”

JTF-Sulu Commander Brig. Gen. William Gonzales ordered to track down the groups of Sawadjaan and of another Abu Sayyaf leader, Radulan Sahiron, after the military overran the bandit lair in Indanan town on Tuesday and the encounter in Patikul town on Sept. 20.

“There will be no let-up on our focused military operation until we have neutralized Mundi Sawadjaan and Radulan Sahiron,” said Gonzales in a statement. “The full force of JTF Sulu will be focused to the remaining members of ASG who continue to sow terror.”

The government put up a ₱3-million bounty for the capture of Sawadjaan.