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Troops recover body of another slain Abu Sayyaf in pursuit operations

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TROOPS FROM the Marine Battalion Landing Teams 1 and 3 conducting clearing operations in Simisa Island, Sulu have recovered the body of another slain Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) reported on Sunday. Last Friday, the military reported that three members of the kidnap-for-ransom group were killed in pursuit operations, where three Indonesian captives were rescued, though one died from drowning as they escaped by swimming towards Bangalao Island. WestMinCom said the clearing also yielded one M14 rifle, a Garand rifle, five clips with 50 rounds of caliber .30mm ammunitions, which were found under the vast mangrove area. “The recovered cadaver and high-powered firearms are believed to be hidden and left behind by the evading ASG members during an encounter on Thursday (April 4),” Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo is quoted in the statement. Meanwhile, last April 4, the Marine troopers also seized an indigenous boat called bote, which is believed to have been used by the group as means of transportation and carrier of firearms. The military has intensified operations since January against the ASG, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, following twin bombings at a church in Jolo, Sulu. They are believed to be still holding two foreign and three Filipino captives. “Our troops are gaining grounds and so we intensify our operations further so as to neutralize the remaining bandits in the area,” WestMinCom Chief Arnel B. Dela Vega said.

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