Death of Dr. Abu big loss for ASG– AFP

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday believed that the killing of a key leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) member is a big loss for terrorist group.

Government troops launched an air strike in Parang, Sulu Thursday dawn killing at least 15 members of the bandit group including three of the top Islamic militants.

“It’s a big loss to the terrorist organizations, these people like Marwan is considered head of the Jemaah Islamiyah while Doctor Abu is an icon among ASG members,” said Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) Commander Major General Noel Coballes.

The military official said the killing of these considered leaders of terrorist will also marked as loss of leadership and communication among other cell group.

In line with this, Coballes said they were not discounting the possibility of retaliation coming from other members of terrorist group.

He said although they did not receive any information for possible retaliatory attack, the AFP is prepared for this possibility.

“We are preparing for that although we cannot say that they will do that but we have already prepared for any probable retaliation” Coballes said.

Zulkipli Binhir, Umbra Jumdail alias Doctor Abu and Mauwiyah were among the 15 members of ASG killed in an aerial attack conducted by government forces the other day in Parang, Sulu.

Coballes said they already alerted their troops to increase their security level and intensify their vigilance in their area of responsibility.

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