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Suspected Abu Sayyaf member slain in Lamitan

Roel Pareño - The Philippine Star

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group was gunned down in the busy downtown area of Lamitan City, Basilan on Monday morning.

Police identified the victim as Abdul Asmaril Lampas, a native of Ungkaya Pukan town, said to be member and spotter of the Abu Sayyaf.

Police Senior Inspector Gean Gallardo, officer-in-charge of Lamitan City Police Office, said the victim was on board a motorcycle when he was shot several times by a lone gunman at Oval, Barangay Matibay, at around 8:40 a.m.

Gallardo said Lampas sustained seven gunshot wounds in the body.

He said investigators have yet to determine the motive of the killing.

He added that Lampas was a suspected member of the bandit group, responsible for several kidnappings and killings in the southernmost provinces of Mindanao.

ABDUL ASMARIL LAMPAS ABU SAYYAF ABU SAYYAF GROUP BARANGAY MATIBAY BASILAN GALLARDO LAMITAN CITY LAMITAN CITY POLICE OFFICE MINDANAO POLICE SENIOR INSPECTOR GEAN GALLARDO UNGKAYA PUKAN
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