7 ASG kidnappers killed in AW-109, MPAC joint operations

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has reported the killing of 7 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) kidnappers, November 3, in open waters of Sulu sea near Sulare Island, Parang, Sulu.

Speed boat of ASG kidnappers. AFP photo

AFP said the ASG kidnappers were aboard a twin engine speed boat. The military operation involved an Air Force AW-109 armed helicopter and Navy MPAC.

“JTF- Sulu Commander MGen William N Gonzales orchestrated the joint operations utilizing the Augusta Attack Helicopter of the Philippine Air Force and the Multi Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) of the Philippine Navy with the Scout Rangers and Special Forces on board,” AFP said.

MPAC ramming the speed boat of the ASG kidnappers. AFP photo

“Reportedly killed were Madsmar Sawadjaan (brother of infamous bomber Mundi Sawadjaan), Mannul Sawadjaan @Abu Amara (declared to replace deceased ASG senior leader Hajan Sawadjaan as emir), and five (5) other yet to be identified. Retrieval operations of the sank speed boat and cadavers of ASG member are currently ongoing,” it added.