A notorious bomb expert for the Abu Sayyaf was killed by authorities in Barangay Kamagong, Bongao town, Tawi-Tawi on Saturday.
Ibno Moro, who works under Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron and one of the 8 most wanted persons in Tawi-Tawi, was killed in a military operation at about 10:30 a.m., the Western Mindanao Command confirmed in a statement.
Moro, who has a standing arrest warrant for murder, used to be associated with the late Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Jul Asman Sawadjaan.
Moro was involved in a number of incidents such as the 1989 massacre in Barangay Lapid-Lapid, Bongao; the 2002 kidnapping of Alvin Chua at the Chinese Pier in Bongao; the 2004 kidnapping of Sibuto Mayor Kuyoh Pajiji; and the 2004 murder of Rodrigo Alejandro Sr. and his son, Rodrigo Alejandro Jr., in Barangay Buan, Panglima Sugala town.
"The neutralization of the notorious bandit is deemed a big blow on the Abu Sayyaf and kidnap-for-ransom group, which has faced substantial loss as a result of our intensified operations," said Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of the WesMinCom.
Meanwhile, in another military operation last Thursday, members of Joint Task Force Zamboanga and the police also arrested Abu Sayyaf member Abdulmubin Kudalat Salamuddin, a.k.a. Mubin, in Barangay Guiwan, Zamboanga City.
According to the military, Salamuddin used to supply firearms and ammunition to Abu Sayyaf members in Sulu.
A fragmentation grenade was also recovered from Salamuddin.