Police intercepted a pumpboat speeding towards Zamboanga City at daybreak this morning with an Abu Sayyaf team on board believed to be on a bombing mission, resulting in the death of three extremist militants.
PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas informed DILG Secretary Eduardo M Año of the result of the intelligence operation and maritime interdiction off Brgy Taluksangay in Zamboanga City at 6:45 AM today against Radi Nalul Tahirin, Hasan Alimin and Abdilla Aspalin, all Daulah Islamiya/ASG members.
Sinas told Año, the operation was initiated by the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU)-9 of PNP Intelligence Group ) with elements of 5th Special Action Battalion (5SAB) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit of PNP-Special Action Force (SAF); Regional Maritime Unit (RMU)-9; Regional Intelligence Division, CIDG-9 and Zamboanga City Police Office.
A brief firefight ensued when the suspects opened fire at the approaching PNP troops.
The wounded suspects were immediately evacuated to the hospital but were declared dead on arrival by the attending physician, while the body of another suspect fell in the water and is still the subject of a search.
Troops recovered from the pumpboat two caliber .45 pistols and a cache of explosives. PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE