Abu Sayyaf leader dies in clash with military in Tawi-Tawi; kidnapped Indonesian rescued


Posted at Mar 21 2021 10:49 AM | Updated as of Mar 21 2021 02:46 PM

Abu Sayyaf leader dies in clash with military in Tawi-Tawi; kidnapped Indonesian rescued 1
Abu Sayyaf leader Majan Sahijuan alias Apo Mike was captured wounded following a firefight with state troops in Tawi-Tawi on Saturday evening, the military said Sunday. Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command

MANILA (UPDATE) - An Abu Sayyaf leader died after getting injured in a clash Saturday evening against the military in the country's southernmost tip that led to the rescue of the remaining Indonesian kidnap victim, officials said Sunday.

Majan Sahijuan alias Apo Mike was severely wounded when he was apprehended in Barangay Kalupag Island, Languyan, Tawi-Tawi following an encounter with government troops.

The presence of the armed men were reported to authorities, according to the Armed Forces' Western Mindanao Command, and firefight erupted as state troops proceeded to the area

Sahijuan, based in Sulu, was abandoned by his two companions who fled with the remaining Indonesian kidnap victim with them, the military added. 

The 15-year-old victim was rescued early Sunday, said Wesmincom commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr.

"Currently, the rescued Indonesian kidnap victim is at the headquarters of the 2nd Marine Brigade for medical procedure and debriefing," he said.

The military in Tawi-Tawi was placed on heightened alert following the rescue of 3 Indonesian kidnap victims and the capture of one of their captors after their speedboat capsized in the surrounding seas as they were fleeing Sulu.

Top police and military officials were scheduled to visit Zamboanga City on Sunday to present the freed victims to the press.

The Indonesians are crew members who were abducted in the water off Tambisan, Malaysia on Jan. 17, 2020, the military said.

--Report from Queenie Casimiro 

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