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2 ASG kidnappers killed in Sulu raid

Zamboanga  City – Two members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed during a raid conducted by soldiers of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTF-Sulu) yesterday morning in  the town of Pata in Sulu province while  another bandit who was facing seven counts of kidnapping was arrested in this city.

Zamboanga City map

Zamboanga City map

Armed Forces of the Philippines -Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) Spokesman Maj Filemon Tan, Jr., identified the slain ASG members as Nixon Muktadil and Brown Muktadil, or more notoriously known as the Muktadil brothers.

Tan said JTF-Sulu soldiers raided Tambulian Island off the village of  Daungdung in Pata, Sulu about 5 a.m. yesterday after receiving reports about the presence of the Muktadil brothers.

When the troops arrived, a shootout ensued with the ASG bandits being killed in the encounter.

According to Tan, the brothers were involved in the kidnappings of 26 Indonesian and Malaysian nationals, mostly crewmen of five different tugboats which were negotiating the high seas bordering Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in the last five months.

On Monday, police authorities in this city also arrested an ASG member who was facing  seven counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges at the regional trial court in Isabela City, Basilan province.

Chief Insp Elmer Solon identified the  arrested ASG member as Abdul Baliyung, alias Majula Gani, 34 years old and a resident of Barangay Sangali  in this city.

Solon said  policemen of Culianan police  Station arrested  Baliyung at about  2 p.m., Monday inside the Zamboanga City Port.

Baliyung is facing charges for kidnaping and illegal detention in the sala of Judge Leo Jay T. Principe, of the ninth judicial region based in Isabela City, Basilan.

Solon said Baliyung is at the Culianan Police Station for documentation prior to his  turn over to the Isabela, Basilan court.