64 ASG bandits killed in first 5 months of 2015 – Joint Task Group Sulu chief

By on June 2, 2015


ABU SAYYAF GROUP (Photo courtesy of the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups)
ABU SAYYAF GROUP (Photo courtesy of the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups)

MANILA — Due to relentless law enforcement operations conducted by the government an estimated 64 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits were killed in Sulu during the first five months of the year.

This was disclosed by Joint Task Group Sulu commander Col. Alan Arrojado Monday.

He added that this success can be attributed to good intelligence and success in capturing the lairs of the ASG.

Aside from this, Arrojado also expressed his appreciation to the Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy and artillery units who have provided constant support to his men during the above-mentioned time period.

“And during that time, I am proud to say that we are still to commit human right violations or abuses or even collateral damage during the course of our operations,” Arrojado said in Filipino.

And due to ongoing government efforts, estimated remaining ASG strength in Sulu is estimated at 200 with another 200 sympathizers.

Hostages being held by the bandit group is placed at 13 as of this posting.