Sunday, August 11, 2013

Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit, No. 6 'most wanted' and member of bomb-making unit, yields

From InterAksyon (Aug 11): Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit, No. 6 'most wanted' and member of bomb-making unit, yields

A member of what is believed to be the urban terror unit of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), and listed as Number 6 on the list of the "most wanted" by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), turned himself in to military authorities Sunday in Zamboanga City.

Abdurahin M. Nasalon alias Papoy Nasalon surrendered to elements of Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) at Barangay Curuan District Zamboanga City, said Capt. Jefferson Somera, spokesman of the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division.

Somera quoted the task force commander, Col. Adrelino G. Colina, as saying Nasalon surrendered to his staff led by Cpt. Jerry V. Doldol "after successful negotiations with his family.”

Brig. Gen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad, commander of the 1st ID, said Nasalon is a member of the Ustadz Abdullah Ajilul aka Abu Termijie group that operates in Zamboanga City. It is believed to be the ASG's urban terrorist group, with some members trained by the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Nasalon ranks number six on the AFP watch list. “The surrender of Nasalon was credited to the continued military and police operation and visibility in the area that created pressure on the subject. As of now, the subject is under military custody,” Trinidad said.

Nasalon's surrender comes as authorities are on the alert with a rash of explosions in parts of Mindanao, and which killed at least 16 persons and injured some 70 others.
The past two days, soldiers were also battling the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguidanao and North Cotabato. Authorities believe the BIFF is also being backed by the JI.

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