Troops neutralize ASG member in Sulu

July 16, 2015 4:58 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 15 -– Government forces have neutralized a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the province of Sulu, a top military official announced Wednesday.

Col. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, identified the slain ASG member as Mahmur Jupuri, who had standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping, illegal detention and murder.

Arrojado said Jupuri was neutralized in an intelligence operation around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Poblacion, Indanan, Sulu.

Arrojado said the task group has placed its troops on alert to preempt escalation of violence in retaliation to the death of Jupuri.

He said a company-sized team from the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion was also placed on call for needed reinforcement.

He added that another company-sized team from the Army’s 35th Infantry Battalion was sent to Indanan to retrieve the cadaver of Jupuri to be brought to the trauma hospital and eventual turnover to proper authorities for proper burial.

He said the neutralization of Jupuri is a result of the continuous law enforcement operation against the lawless elements, especially the ASG, in Sulu. (PNA)

LAP/TPGJR

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