Intensive operations towards Abu Sayyaf within the group’s strongholds have been ongoing since January (File image)

The navy says the online is closing on Abu Sayyaf with extra than 250 militants taken out of action this year.

The Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) has introduced that 94 have been killed, 66 captured and one other 98 have surrendered since January.

In a press assertion, Wesmincom mentioned the Joint Task Forces of Western Mindanao’s operations have additionally recovered 148 firearms from the Islamic State-affiliated group.

Only yesterday (Thursday, June 29) two Basilan-based terrorists recognized as Serham Hasim Akkalun and Hapid Madjakin surrendered to the 13th Special Forces Company.

Seized from the pair have been an M1 Garand rifle and a clip with 4 rounds of stay ammunition.

They are actually in police custody.

Colonel Juvymax Uy of Westmincom mentioned fight operations towards Abu Sayyaf have been being intensified.

“On the tactical level, the combat operations of our troops are currently being intensified to pressure the Abu Sayyaf bandits to yield to the government forces,” he mentioned. “With the surrender of the bandits and the seizure of their strongholds, we are confident that our offensives on the ground are effective.”

Wesmincom commander Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, advised GMA News that efforts to neutralise the fear group would proceed.

“We welcome those who return to the fold of the law and accord them the opportunity to live normal lives, far from what they have been facing before as combatants who engaged the government forces and who fight for extremism to thrive in Mindanao,” he mentioned.

“Rest assured that with all these operational feats, we we will not rest on our laurels and will, instead, continue to work hard and integrate the efforts of our soldiers and our stakeholders in sustaining the internal security in Mindanao and bringing about the defeat of the Abu Sayyaf.”

Source: philippineslifestyle