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Tipped-off by the civilians, the ASG was spotted by the blocking forces of the 32nd Infantry Battalion in the hinterlands northeast of Patikul after the series of 3 encounters since May 27, 2019. Government forces have successfully tracked down the ASG’s main body with the aid of village informants that triggered the fierce firefight. After the encounter, the troops recovered the dead body of kidnapped victim Ewold Horn about a hundred meters away from the encounter site. KV Horn was shot by his ASG guards while trying to escape taking advantage of the firefight. Recovered also from the encounter site was the lifeless body of 1 female ASG member identified as Mingayan Sahiron, the 2nd wife of ASG leader, Radulan Sahiron.

Brigadier General Divino Rey C Pabayo Jr, Commander, Joint Task Force Sulu lauded the accomplishments of the government forces in Sulu but expressed his sympathy to the families and friends of the Dutch Kidnapped Victim Ewold Horn who was a victim of ASG’s barbaric acts. “ We are angered by the ASG’s utter disregard for Human Rights that they would rather murder Mr Ewold Horn rather than be recovered by government forces. Though we tried our very best to safely rescue him from his captors, infact we suffered a number of battle casualties during the intense almost 2 hours firefight in the deep jungle of Patikul, Sulu. This un-Islamic and inhuman acts by the ASG bandits only strenthens the firm resolve of the JTF Sulu forces to continue in running after them and bring them to justice. Justice for Mr. Horn, the massacre victims of Brgy. Igasan, victims of the Jolo Cathedral bombing, and all the other victims of these ASG terror acts. We will not stop until we run them all down!” General Pabayo said.

“We also express our sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Mingayan Sahiron who was killed during the law-enforcement operations this morning. But the law must be implemented to protect the lives of the Tausug Community against all acts of terror. It is tragic that they have taken arms against the Filipino Nation when the Filipino people understand that only through peace can development and social justice be attained” General Pabayo said.

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