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Abu Sayyaf ‘financier’ killed in Sulu raid

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An alleged financier of the Abu Sayyaf was killed when he shot it out with government security forces trying to arrest him in Luuk, Sulu, early Friday, police said.

Killed was Aldasir Makumbong, a 37-year-old resident of Luuk with a case of robbery with homicide in Zamboanga City and listed as a national-level most wanted person, said Col. Rexmel Reyes, Zamboanga City police director.

Members of the city police, backed by intelligence personnel from different units, the PNP Special Action Force, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Anti-Kidnapping Group, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Navy, and the Marines, carried out the operation in Brgy. Niog-Niog, around 2:20 a.m.

Makumbong, also known by the alias “Alsimar Mangumah,” apparently sensed the arrival of arresting officers so he fired on them, according to a report from the Zamboanga Peninsula regional police.

That prompted the lawmen to return fire to defend themselves, and the exchange lasted for about a minute, the report said.

Makumbong was brought to a local hospital, but the attending physician declared him dead at 3:20 a.m.

Operatives seized an M14 rifle, a magazine, 12 rounds of live ammunition, spent shells, and a box containing about 750 grams or P40,000 worth of suspected marijuana.

According to Reyes, Makumbong was the primary suspect in a robbery that resulted in the killing of a wealthy businesswoman in Brgy. San Jose, Zamboanga City, in late 2018. More or less P8 million worth of cash and jewelry was also taken from the victim.

Records also show that Makumbong has been providing financial and logistical support to the group of a certain “Commander Addal” who, in turn, has direct contacts with Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Majar Sahidjuan and Amlon Abtahi, he said.

His support to the Abu Sayyaf, using money from the robbery and illegal drug sales, even earned him an unofficial “sub-leader” status among Abu Sayyaf members based in Luuk, Omar, Kalingalan Caluang, and parts of Panamao, Reyes added.

Makumbong’s remains have been turned over to his relatives for burial rites.

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