Units from Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi and their police counterparts have shot and killed Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader Buchoy Hassan (Photo: canadianinquirer.net)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippine military announced that a notorious sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf insurgent group was killed in the northern province of Tawi-Tawi on March 14.

According to the military’s announcement, Buchoy Hassan, also known as Black or Bocoi, was killed during an operation launched by the Tawi – Tawi Joint Task Force and police at his residence in Barangay Panglima Alari in Sitangkai. The soldiers also seized one M16 rifle, five speedboats and several outboard motors in the operation. 

Hassan, 48, had been wanted in Malaysia for his involvement in the kidnapping of a Chinese citizen at the Pom Pom island resort in Sabah in November 2013. He reportedly recruited cohorts and acquired several speedboats to sustain his illegal activities and became a key facilitator in the illegal drugs trade in Tawi-Tawi.

Major General Carlito Galvez Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said the military is continuously assisting the police and law enforcement agencies in expediting other notorious members of the kidnap for ransom group and preventing kidnapping attempts in the province.

He also urged local leaders and communities to report whereabouts of outlaws, especially Abu Sayyaf members, to competent authorities. 

In February, Abu Sayyaf members killed Jurgen Kantner, a 70-year-old German hostage abducted in the southern Philippines, after their demand for ransom was not met.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte requested the military to stage an operation to track down 500 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern provinces of Sula and Basilan.-VNA