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Sayyaf leader, cousin of bomb expert, slain in clash with Army in Sulu

/ 06:05 PM September 28, 2020

A sub-leader of the homegrown terror group Abu Sayyaf Group, Arsibar Sawadjaan, was killed in a clash with government soldiers in Sulu province on Monday (Sept. 28). JTF Sulu

MANILA, Philippines—A leader of the homegrown terror group Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed in a clash with government soldiers in Sulu province on Monday (Sept. 28), according to the military.

The slain ASG leader was identified as Arsibar Sawadjaan, said to be a cousin of bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan, the suspected mastermind of the Aug. 24 bombings in Jolo, which killed 17 people and wounded more than 70 others.

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The Army’s 45th Infantry Battalion clashed with the groups of Sawadjaan and another ASG leader, Radulan Sahiron, at the village of Maligay in Patikul town around 9 a.m., said Joint Task Force Sulu, a military-led law enforcement group, in a statement.

Soldiers encountered at least 40 ASG members but suffered no casualty, the task force said.

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