MANILA—Police and military units shot and killed a notorious kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) syndicate head during operations in Zamboanga Del Sur on Monday morning.
Belated reports by Western Mindanao Command (WMC) spokesperson Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay said the incident took place 10:50 a.m. in Barangay Pampang, Lapuyan, of the said province.
She identified the slain kidnapping syndicate leader Fahad Andi, head of the Andi KFR Group, which is also notorious for drug pushing, trafficking, and kidnap-for-ransom activities in Dinas, Lapuyan, Margosatubig and other neighboring municipalities in Zamboanga Del Sur.
Andi is also listed as the Top 2 “High Value Target” and Number 1 most wanted person in the regional level.
His group is also involved in the series of kidnappings, gun for hire, and extortion activities in Baganian Peninsula.
Andi was killed in a 30-minute shootout with Task Force ZAMPELAN (Zamboanga Peninsula) and local police.
Witnesses reported seeing the suspect hit by gunfire and afterwards falling into the wharf area of Barangay Pampang.
Government forces recovered a .45 caliber pistol; a magazine with two live ammunition; a PRB 423 fragmentation grenade; a scooper; a black bandolier back pack and lighter; a PNP camouflage green uniform with the PRO-ARMM logo; and a camouflage sling bag.
Troops are still searching for the body of the slain suspect, Petinglay said.