CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One Local Terrorist was killed in an encounter with Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion in hinterland boundaries in municipalities of Balindong and Piagapo, Lanao del Sur, 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020.
According to Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander, “the neutralized terrorist was identified as certain Jarir S Usman, 28 years old and resident of Brgy Raya Saduc, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur”.
“He was recognized thru his Identification Card (ID) which was recovered after the fifteen-minute firefight”, Altre added.
Recovered also after the firefight were one M16 rifle, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), two kilograms of explosive components, a magazine of M16, a cellphone, a container of rice, personal belongings and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
No government forces was hurt, and possible number of enemies were wounded based on the traces of bloodstains in their withdrawal route.
Pursuit operation is conducted to neutralize the remaining terrorist.
Meanwhile, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Sur urged the people to cooperate and report to proper authorities if there are presence of armed groups in their communities.
“We remain relentless in our military operations and we won’t allow another Siege that displaced thousands of constituents in our area of operations, to happen”, added Cuerpo.
For his part, Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops for the neutralization of local terrorist and recovery of war materiel.
“I urge everyone to continue our efforts in pursuing lasting peace not just for Mindanao but for the whole country. Let us conquer the challenges ahead of us and step up the momentum in sustaining our gains for our common aspiration”, said Ponio.
The cadaver was immediately turned over by the troops to the local officials of Brgy Gacap, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur for proper disposition.