• A commander of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf surrendered to government forces in Basilan
  • He was accompanied by 13 of his followers who also surrendered 11 firearms
  • Jamiri was earlier reported in February to have been killed in a gunfight in Malaysia, but it turned out that he was not the dead man

A leader of the terror group Abu Sayyaf along with his followers surrendered to the authorities on Wednesday morning in Basilan.

The Municipality of Hadji Mohammad Ajul Vice Mayor Talib Pawaki confirmed to ABS-CBN News that Commander Nurhassan Jamiri and 13 of his followers have already surrendered to the local authorities in Basilan.

Vice Mayor Pawaki said Jamiri and his followers have agreed to surrender in the coastal village of Seronggon, where military and local officials of Basilan picked them up.

The surrenderers also gave up 11 firearms to the military.

Jamiri is facing criminal cases for kidnapping and murder in Basilan and the city of Zamboanga.

One of the cases was the 2008 kidnapping of a nurse who was snatched at her residence in Barangay Tetuan, Zamboanga City.

In 2017, some of Jamiri’s followers have already surrendered to the government.

Jamiri was earlier reported in February 2018 to have been killed by authorities in a gunfight on the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia, but it turned out that he was not the lifeless body.