NFWM, Zamboanga City (DWDD) – The Philippine Navy through the Naval Forces Western Mindanao apprehended six armed men believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group/ Kidnap for Ransom Group (ASG/KFRG) in the vicinity off Bolod Island, Tonquil, Sulu on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
A Special CAFGU Active Auxilliary (SCAA) member of NFWM reported that the FB Nancy 888, a commercial fishing vessel under Nancy Fishing Company was being harassed and chased by an unidentified armed group in the evening of Nov. 19.
Allegedly, the said armed group were onboard two motorized pump boats steaming at the vicinity 22 nautical miles Northeast off Saluping Island in Basilan also known as Sibarot fishing grounds located between the island province of Sulu and Basilan.
Subsequently, the Commander Naval Forces Western Mindanao, Rear Adm. Rene V Medina AFP made necessary actions to address the said maritime concern. CNFWM immediately responded by activating NTG 61.1, the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of Naval Task Force 61.
Upon its activation BRP Manuel Gomez (PC 388) and one Navy Seal team was immediately deployed in the area to conduct Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) against a hostile contact.
Through the immediate reaction of NTG 61.1 and SCAA, the said armed group was apprehended and subsequently transported to Headquarters NFWM at Zamboanga City for proper disposition.
The six armed men apprehended were later identified as Omar Amping, 39; Gabby S Juwa, 35; Jadi Luhadi, 21; Alcimel Abdulla, 18; Madi Jalilul, 19 and Sakkam Dekani, 60. Also, one M16A1 rifle with three long and one short magazine consisting of 110 live ammunition were recovered from the bandits.
Upon arrival to HNFWM the group was given medical check-ups at a military hospital and underwent interrogation by a combined police and military team.
Further investigation revealed that Omar Amping is a notorious killer (gun-for-hire) and ranked number Four in the “Most Wanted List of Personalities” in Zamboanga City with two standing warrant of arrest for five counts of Murder. NFWM / MCAG