Ni Joan Alcantara

LUNGSOD NG QUEZON Nakapagtala ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ng 55 patay sa Abu Sayyaf Group mula Enero 1 hanggang Setyembre 30 ngayong taon dala ng pinaigting nitong operasyon laban sa teroristang grupo.

Nakapagpasuko rin ng 78 Abu Sayyaf ang AFP mula Eastern at Western Mindanao, nakapagkumpiska ng 97 high- at low-powered firearms at 7 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), at naka-raid ng 9 encampments.

Nito lamang Setyembre 30 ay nailigtas din mula sa kamay ng mga bandido ang isang Filipino-American kidnap victim.

“The many successes of our operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group and its affiliate organizations can be attributed to the strong support of the national leadership, interagency cooperation, and the soldiers’ high state of morale,” pahayag ni AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay.

Bukod sa Abu Sayyaf, mula Enero ay 28 na rin ang napatay mula sa Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), 134 ang sumuko, at 20 ang bihag na ng militar. Nakumpiska sa kanila ang 147 firearms, 15 IEDs, at 3 encampments. Samantala, sa panig naman ng Maute Group, 24 na ang napatay, 15 ang sumuko, habang 5 na ang nahuli. Nakuha naman ang 30 firearms, 31 IEDs, at 17 encampments mula sa grupong ito.

Ang BIFF at Daesh-inspired na Maute Group ay lokal na mga teroristang grupo.

“The AFP with the help of all stakeholders and guided by the National Action Plan to Prevent/Counter Violent Extremism, will sustain its momentum against the terror group ASG and other local terrorist groups. We will not tolerate any attempt to sow violent ideologies and will make use of all available technologies to put an end to the spread of violent extremism,” dagdag pa ni AFP Chief Gapay.


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