Notorious Abu sub-leader, part of group executing hostages, slain in Sulu

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Westmincom chief Lt Gen Carlito Galvez: praise for Joint Task Force Sulu. PNA FILE PHOTO

MANILA – A sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf and member of the Muktadil brothers – notorious for carrying out some executions for the ASG – was slain in counter operations of military troops in Sulu, according to the Zamboanga-based Western Mindanao Command.

Elements of the Joint Task Force Sulu, aboard navy vessels, engaged in a heavy gun fight with Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Salvador Muktadil, a.k.a. Badong, in Silangkan, Parang, Sulu at 1:10am of Sunday, and the exchange of gunfire ended in the death of Muktadil.

Muktadil had an arrest warrant for kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and 9 counts of murder.

He was a member of the Muktadil brothers who were usually tapped by the Abu Sayyaf in the execution of high profile and cross-border kidnappings.

He was involved in the abductions of Yahong Lim in Sempornah, Sabah; Evelyn Chang of Tawan, Sabah; and Mayor Gemma Adana of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Badong is well-experienced in operating speedboats utilized by the Abu Sayyaf as getaway vehicles in executing kidnapping ploy,” said Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu.

“His death rendered high seas kidnappings, particularly in Tawi-Tawi and Sabah, suppressed,” added Sobejana.

The remains of Badong were brought to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Trauma Hospital in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu for proper procedure, the Wesmincom said.

Badong was a sub-leader operating in Sabah, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga City, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Wesmincom commander, credited “the maximized intelligence operations of our troops and the cooperation and support of the local leaders and folks,” for the neutralization of Badong

“I commend the troops of the JTF Sulu led by their Commander Brigadier General Sobejana for this recent accomplishment,” Galvez added.