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8 Abu bandits tagged in kidnappings surrender

Roel Pareño - The Philippine Star

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Eight Abu Sayyaf bandits whose leaders were involved in cross-border kidnappings of foreigners have surrendered in Luuk, Sulu.

Maj. Desford Masirag, spokesman for the 11th Infantry or Alakdan Division, said the surrenderees were followers of slain Abu Sayyaf leaders Isnilon Hapilon, Apo Mike, Alhabsy Misaya, Latip Sape and Hairulla Asbang.

The eight turned over their firearms to 1102nd Infantry Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Giovanni Franza.

The bandits received food packs and relief assistance from the military and local government units.

Noneyrie Asiri, focal person of the Sulu Provincial Task Force in Ending Local Armed Conflict, said the surrender is a sign of the peaceful situation in the province.

ABU SAYYAF

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