ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Government security forces have killed a suspected kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) leader and captured two of his followers in a clash in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a top police official said Tuesday, February 28.

A member of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) was wounded in the same clash.

Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula director, identified the slain KFRG leader as Iman Yasin.

Captured were Aujie Moh Abdul Karim and Mura Mohammad.

The wounded PNP-SAF member was identified as Police Officer 2 Larry Falitnang of SAF’s 84th Special Action Company.

Beltran said the clash ensued around 3 a.m. Tuesday when Yasin resisted arrest while government operatives were serving a warrant against him in Sitio Tarlah in Barangay Tampalan, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay.

He said the slain KFRG leader has standing warrant of arrest for murder issued by the court in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

He said Yasin has ties with the Abu Sayyaf Group and other lawless groups operating in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte.

The group of Yasin is also involved in extortion activities aside from kidnapping, Beltran added.

He said an M14 rifle, mobile phones and subversive documents of high intelligence value were recovered from the clash site. (SunStar Philippines)