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A notorious Abu Sayyaf sub-leader and three of his cohorts, including a brother of Jolo Cathedral bomber Mundi Sawadjaan, were killed in police counter-terrorism operations in Sulu on Sunday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar identified the slain suspects as INJAM YADDAH and AL-AL SAWADJAAN, both PSR Listed (1st Sem 2021), and one with an alias “Rauf/Raup”.

Another unidentified ASG member was also killed while JENALYN HABIBI JAIRI “a.k.a” Jhing, the wife of Injam Yadah who was also included in the Warrant of Arrest, was arrested. Meanwhile, three (3) children of Injam Yadah were rescued.

Citing reports from Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, Eleazar disclosed that joint operating units of PNP-SAF composed of two (2) teams from 74SAC-74SAC as Tactical Effort; teams from 71SAC, 73SAC, 75SAC as Quick Reactionary Force (QRF), and 7SAB together with elements from CIDG Sulu PFU 9 and 3LRC,LRR, PA; 35 Infantry Battalion, 11ID, PA RIU 9, Sulu PPO, PIU Sulu, 1st and 2nd PMFC, Jolo MPS, PECU- SULU, RMFB conducted Counter Terrorism Operation with the Implementation of Warrant of Arrest against Commander Injam and cohorts at Upper Alat, Brgy. Alat, Jolo, Sulu on June 13, 2021 at about 1:30 in the morning.

“During the entry in the area, the target personalities fired upon the operating troops of 3LRC, LRR, PA which prompted them to make necessary actions that resulted to the neutralization of the 4 suspects.”, Eleazar said.

Recovered pieces of evidence from the encounter site include One (1) M16A1 w/ ammunitions, One cal. 45 w/ ammunitions, IED components, 1 cellphone, one (1) Red Honda XRM, detonating cords and blasting cap.

Eleazar said that YADDAR was involved in the kidnapping of various foreign nationals, the latest of which was the kidnapping of Rex Triplett in Sirawai, Zamboanga Sibugay on September 2020, and five (5) Indonesian Nationals in sea waters of Malaysia on January 2020. The foreign nationals were later rescued in Tawi-tawi.

AL-AL SAWADJAAN, on the other hand, is the brother of the notorious Mundi SAWADJAAN and a volunteer suicide bomber as well as IED bomb-maker while Rauf/Raup is an DI/ASG member operating under the YADDAH brothers.

The cadaver of the ASG terrorists were later brought to 11th ID for processing and proper disposition.

“While we perform our primary obligation to serve and protect our people, it is also our duty to give our best in the government’s fight against communist insurgency and terrorism as we implement the Intensified Cleanliness Policy ” Eleazar said.

“Cooperative efforts to quell threats by terrorism and communist insurgency in the country are likewise undertaken with the Armed Forces of the Philippines”, Eleazar added.