Naval Forces Western Mindanao said checkpoints had been put up the area in response to tips that Abu Sayyaf members were passing through Barangay Lapid-Lapid.
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Alleged Abu Sayyaf killed at Tawi-Tawi checkpoint
Roel Pareño (Philstar.com) - February 7, 2019 - 2:03pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf group suspected of participation in cross-border kidnapping in Sabah, was killed in a shootout at a checkpoint in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Tuesday, a Navy official said.

Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), said the slain suspect, Shaifful Julaili, was a member of the Abu Sayyaf group based in Tawi-Tawi.

He said personnel of the 29th Marine Company under Marine Battalion Landing Team-9 and of the 51st Special Action Company of the police Special Action Force, as well as the Bongao police had set up checkpoints in the area in response to tips that Abu Sayyaf members were passing through Barangay Lapid-Lapid.

Julaili reportedly tried to evade the checkpoint and fired at troops manning it. Security forces shot back and killed him, NFWM said.

Julaili was allegedly a member of an Abu Sayyaf faction involved in kidnappings in Sulu and in the waters of Tawi-Tawi and Sabah.

Medina said the neutralization of the suspect was consistent with security operations in Tawi-Tawi to prevent the Abu Sayyaf from conducting ctoss-border abudctions.

He said the intensified security checkpoints are also meant to prevent the possible spillover of terror activities of the Abu Sayyaf group in the neighboring province of Sulu.

"These checkpoints serve as one of the proactive measures of the government to thwart plans of this Sulu-based ASG/KFRG members in utilizing the province as their safe havens and platform in the conduct of their high profile kidnappings," Medina said.

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