ASG bandit surrenders, yields high-powered firearm

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ZAMBOANGA CITY — A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has surrendered to military authorities amid the continued offensive against them in the province of Sulu, military officials announced Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Alaric Avelino delos Santos, the Army’s 41st Infantry Battalion commander, identified the ASG surrenderer as Alhashim Paradji alias Malla, 41, a resident of Barangay Lapa, Maimbung, Sulu.

Delos Santos said Paradji surrendered at his headquarters in Barangay Matatal, Maimbung at about 2 p.m. on Monday and turned over a US-made Garand rifle.

Delos Santos said Paradji, a follower of ASG sub-leader Jihad Susukan, was later presented to Col. Ignatius Patrimonio, commander of the Army’s 1102nd Infantry Brigade, in Camp Gen. Teodulfo Bautista, in Barangay Busbus, Jolo, Sulu.

“We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our partners from the police and the LGU (local government unit) for their untiring support in all our endeavors,” Patrimonio said.

He said Paradji’s surrender was facilitated by troops of the 41st Infantry Battalion, Maimbung Municipal Police Station, Councilors Almudzni Amil, and Edzfar Tan.

Paradji has undergone a medical check-up and was placed under custodial debriefing. (PNA)