MANILA—Nine members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to authorities in Jolo, Sulu amid intensified combat operations against the terrorist group, the military said Tuesday.
The military said they are pursuing Abu Sayyaf fighters who are allegedly responsible in the attack in Indanan, Sulu on June 28 that left 5 dead and 22 others wounded.
Seized from the bandits were 2 M16 rifles, 5 M1 Garand rifles and 2 .45 pistols.
The military said in a statement that the Abu Sayyaf "felt tremendous hardships caused by the all out offensives of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) in Sulu."
"With the active support of the local government units and the entire Tausug community, I am confident that the problem with the ASG in Sulu will soon be over," said Brig. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of Joint Task Force Sulu.
"The growing support of the civilians to the AFP who are now tired of the atrocities committed by the ASG in their communities is a clear manifestation that misleading the Tausugs with foreign evil ideology and propaganda lies have backfired on the Daullah Islamiya and ISIS-inspired ASG," he added.