Monday, September 26, 2011

Sayyaf sub-leader killed in Zamboanga clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 26, 2011) – Government troops killed an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader in a clash on village in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, officials told the Mindanao Examiner on Monday.

Officials said the fighting broke out late Sunday in the village called Busay and killed Imram Asgari.

“Patrolling soldiers clashed with Abu Sayyaf militants under Imram Asgari and killed him,” said Army Colonel Buenaventura Pascual, commander of the military’s Task Force Zamboanga.

He said there were no reports of military casualties.

The fighting occurred just a week after soldiers also clashed with Asgari’s group killing one of his followers in the village. Pascual said the gang leader was suspected as behind the spate of kidnappings in Zamboanga Peninsula.

It was not immediately known whether Asgari was involved in the kidnapping of a Filipina wife of a British engineer who was rescued by soldiers in nearby Basilan province on September 19.

Three Abu Sayyaf killed in the rescue of Luisa Morrison, 34, who was kidnapped in Ipil town in Zamboanga Sibugay province on September 3. The woman’s husband, Raymond Morrison, 51, is working at an oil rig in Malaysia. (Mindanao Examiner)

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