- A sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group was captured by the military
- Walton Jujirin was wounded during a brief encounter with soldiers
- Jujirin’s four comrades abandoned him during the firefight
A sub-leader of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf Group was captured by the military during an encounter in Patikul, Sulu on Saturday morning, March 31.
As per GMA News, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) identified the wounded Abu Sayyaf sub-leader as Walton Jujirin.
The wounded bandit leader was left behind by his four comrades after a firefight that lasted only five minutes with government forces who were conducting rescue operations in Sitio Kan Bading, Barangay Taung at around 7:15 in the morning.
Jujirin was captured during the clearing operation after the firefight. Soldiers brought the wounded sub-leader to the headquarters of the 501st Brigade in Brgy Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu where he was given medical attention.
Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejano said the bandits are still holding at least 10 hostages, which include a Dutch national, three Indonesians and six Filipinos.
Sobejano said that “unrestricted” operations against the terror group would begin after all the hostages are rescued.