ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops seized more than a dozen motorized boats used by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Malaysian jihadists in their terror operations in the southern province of Basilan and nearby areas including Zamboanga Peninsula, officials said on Wednesday.
Apart from the boats, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also recovered materials used in fabrication of explosives during an operation in Hadji Mohammad Ajul.
“Law enforcement operations launched by military troops resulted in the capture of 13 watercraft and several components of improvised explosive devices belonging to the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan,” said Capt. Ben June Cerbo of the AFP Western Mindanao Command.
Members of the Marines Special Operations Group and Naval Special Operations Unit 6, according to Cerbo, recovered the boats while pursuing the Abu Sayyaf led by Ustadz Abbas Alam and Malaysian jihadist Mohammed Najib Bin Husein.
“The watercraft were utilized [by the ASG]in distributing improvised explosive devices in Basilan and Zamboanga Peninsula,” he said.
Just recently, Army troops also recovered components for improvised explosives, ammunition and weapons in the village of Tuburan also in Hadji Mohammad Ajul.
Basilan is one of five provinces under the restive Muslim autonomous region.