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5 Abu Sayyaf bandits surrender in Sulu

Roel Pareño - The Philippine Star

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Five Abu Sayyaf bandits tagged in the kidnapping of foreigners at the sea border of the Philippines and Malaysia surrendered in Indanan, Sulu on Wednesday.

The bandits yielded an M16 rifle, an M1 Garand, two caliber .45 pistols and two caliber .357 revolvers to the 1102nd Infantry Brigade at Camp Bud Datu in Barangay Tagbak, according to Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, Joint Task Force Sulu and 11th Infantry Division commander.

The military said four of the surrenderees were followers of slain Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Muamar Askali, Alhabsi Misaya, Majan Sahijuan, Ben Wagas and Ben Tattoo.

Sahijuan, who was behind the kidnapping of Indonesian crewmembers of a fishing boat, was killed in a military operation in March last year that led to the rescue of the hostages. Wagas was arrested.

Askali and Misaya were tagged in the kidnapping of Westerners and German citizens, who were executed sometime in 2017. 

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