A MEMBER of the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed by pursuing government troopers who conducted air strikes against the bandits in Patikul, Sulu over the weekend.
The military has been conducting hot pursuit operations against the Al-Qaeda linked group since the release of German hostages Victor Okonek and Henrite Dielen last Oc- tober 17.
Colonel Alan Arojado, military commander for Sulu, said an Air Force attack aircraft launched air strikes on the group’s lair in Sitio Datag Kan Masarin in Brgy. Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu.
Arojado identified the slain ASG member as Sabri Modja whose body was immediately claimed and buried by his family shortly after the attack.
Arojado said Modja is a known follower of ASG sub-leader Arod Wahing based in Bud Bunga in Talipao, Sulu.
The military estimates that the ASG has around 400 members in Sulu and Basilan but government troopers are having a hard time arresting them because they could easily mingle with the civilian population.