Philippines claims kills Abu Sayyaf leader in raid

The Philippines military said top leaders of the Abu Sayyaf group may have been among six fighters killed on an island in the south on Sunday.

 Philippines claims kills Abu Sayyaf leader in raid

The Philippines military said top leaders of the Abu Sayyaf group may have been among six fighters killed on an island in the south on Sunday.

Albader Parad and five colleagues were killed in a gunbattle with Marine troops in a forested area at the foot of Mount Tucay on the remote southern island of Jolo, Lieutenant-General Ben Dolorfino told reporters.

Last year, the Abu Sayyaf wing led by Parad held three employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross hostage captive for several months on Jolo.

"We have confirmed that one of the six bodies found belonged to Albader Parad as confirmed by independent civilian sources," Dolorfino said in text messages to reporters.

He said the firefight came after extensive intelligence work.

"This is a very big accomplishment for us, it means we surprised the enemy," Dolorfino said.

The military also reported Parad had been killed in a gunbattle at the height of the hostage crisis, only for him to resurface on a national radio interview days later.

Agencies

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