SULU – An Abu Sayyaf militant surrendered to the security officials in the southern Philippine province of Sulu where military operations continue against the pro-ISIS group.
Officials said Mawallil Sayyadi, a native of Parang town, yielded an automatic rifle and a grenade launcher, including ammunition when he surrendered to the 100th Infantry Battalion in Indanan town.
“This is a result of our relentless operations where the group suffered numerous casualties. Other members now fear for their lives, leading to the series of surrenders,” Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, commander of the anti-terror Joint Task Sulu, said Tuesday.
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, urged other members of the terrorist group to surrender peacefully. “We are working together with all our partners and stakeholders to destroy the terrorist groups in our area of operation. We want to end all conflicts to pave way for peace and development especially in the island province of Sulu,” he said.
A recent fighting in Patikul town killed 11 soldiers and wounded 14 more, but one of them died in the hospital. Security forces launched a massive campaign following the deadly battle.
The Abu Sayyaf, whose leaders pledged allegiance with ISIS, is waging a violent war in an effort to put up a caliphate in the restive Muslim region. (Zamboanga Post)