SECURITY forces killed on Sunday an alleged leader of a notorious kidnap-for-ranson group with ties with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Mindanao, reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City (Metro Manila) said.
Major Felimon Tan, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said Waning Abdulsalam was killed when he resisted arrest and traded shots with elements of the Philippine Army’s 102nd Brigade and the local police.
The incident happened in Barangay Singkilon, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay at around 8 am on Sunday, according to Tan.
Authorities said Abdulsalam, a former leader of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), was involved in the series of kidnappings in the province for the past years.
Among others he was tagged as responsible in the abduction of the three teachers in Zamboanga Sibugay in 2009 and Australian Warren Rodwell in Ipil, also in Zamboanga Sibugay in 2011.
His brother Abral was also linked to the kidnapping of Hong Nwi Seong, a 73-year-old Korean businessman in 2015.