Camp Bautista, Sulu – A suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member was apprehended by Army troops in an ongoing combat operations in Talipao, Sulu 5am Tuesday.
Troops of 41st Infantry Battalion pursuing a group of armed men apprehended a certain Pauji Asgari and recovered an M16 assault rifle, ammunition, electric cords, combat pack, cell phone, hammock, motorcycle and Marine Battle Dress Attire (BDA).
The apprehension was a result of an information coming from local residents about the presence of a group of armed men in their locality. The armed men are believed to be a splinter group of the ASG who are trying to evade government troops when seen by local residents.
Brig. Gen. Arnel de la Vega, commander of JTF Sulu said: “the success of the apprehension is due to the cooperation of local residents”.
“We expect more ASG to be arrested and more hostages to be rescued with the cooperation of local residents of Sulu. We have seen this in the rescue of Martina Yee, the neutralization of the notorious Muktadil brothers and the recent successful encounters of our troops against the ASG”, Brig. Gen. Dela Vega further said.
The suspect was brought to Camp Bautista Hospital for medical check-up and Psycho-social processing 6pm Tuesday
and was formally turned over to the police in downtown Jolo for the filing of appropriate charges at about 9:30am Wednesday.
The focused military operation launched by the Armed Forces of the Philippines since July resulted in the rescue and recovery of 16 hostages while a total of 12 kidnap victims remain to be rescued.
“The relentless combat operation will continue until we deal a crippling blow against the ASG bandits and until all hostages are rescued”, Brig. Gen. Dela Vega concluded.