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8 suspected followers of Abu Sayyaf’s Sawadjaan yield

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Eight suspected followers of Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Mundi Sawadjaan surrendered to soldiers in Sulu this afternoon, amid military operations against their leader, who is being hunted down for allegedly masterminding deadly bombings in the province.

They were identified as Abdul Jihili, 28; Abu Yusop, 38; Sahira Sahibul, 28; Ali Jumsa, 38; Piedo Jumahari, 54; Mujib Jainal, 48; Abdul Abubakar, 34; and Ila Abbas, 47, said Lt. Col. Ronaldo Mateo, Armed Forces Joint Task Force-Sulu spokesman.

The eight, who are residents of Patikul, Indanan, Parang, and Maimbung towns, surrendered to members of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion and 100th Infantry Battalion around 2 p.m., he said.

Pictures provided by the military showed that the suspected Abu Sayyaf members yielded seven long firearms.

Mateo, citing information from the 2nd SFB and 100th IB, said the eight decided to quit fighting after their sub-commander Idang Susukan surrendered in Davao City last August 13.

Brig. Gen. William Gonzales, JTF-Sulu commander, said operations against Sawadjaan and Abu Sayyaf top commander Radullan Sahiron will still be carried out after the latest surrenders.

“There will be no let-up on our focused military operation until we have neutralized Mundi Sawadjaan and Radullan Sahiron… The full force of JTF-Sulu will be focused on remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf who continue to sow terror.”

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