CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One of the members of lawless armed group was killed in an encounter with government forces in Brgy Sipakit, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte ,January 22.
“The victim was identified as Jul Hassan, under Jamilon Tukalan Group, who were involved in kidnapping and extortion activities in Zamboanga del Norte,” said Lt. Col Danilo Ambe, 42nd Infantry Battalion Commander.
The 42IB troops, together with PNP elements, patrolled around the community when the firefight against five lawless armed group transpired.
Both Army and PNP troopers recorded no casualty and recovered one caliber .45 and one caliber .38 handguns; one grenade; and a cellphone.
“We will continuously operate together with PNP to quell lawless armed groups in our area of responsibility,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Commander, commended the efforts of the troops for the successful encounter.
“Our campaign against armed groups together with PNP will be relentless in order to minimize the atrocities and attain a just and lasting peace in our area of operation,” Maj General Murillo added.