ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Government forces are tracking down an Indonesian fugitive, as well as a group of Abu Sayyaf bandits and rouge Moro rebels blamed for deadly attacks and kidnappings in Mindanao.

Lieutenant Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Philippine Navy public affairs officer, said Sunday the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is deploying elite forces, patrol vessels, and gun boats to hunt the lawless elements particularly in Basilan province.

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The deployment, he said, is in line with the guidance of General Delfin Bangit, the newly-installed AFP chief-of-staff, as well as in response to the request of Indonesian officials for the Philippine authorities to capture Sanusi, an Indonesian fugitive who is now training militants in Mindanao.

Sanusi, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, has been monitored in Mindanao's marshy heartland, two Philippine intelligence officials said. He fled to the region after being accused of ordering bandits in 2007 to behead three people in the eastern Indonesian town of Poso, where Islamist militants had launched a series of bloody attacks on Christians and government workers.

An Indonesian Embassy official said Sanusi, who emerged as a key operative of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian terror group linked to al-Qaeda, was spotted at a mosque near southern Cotabato City during the holy month of Ramadan last year.

Aside from Sanusi, the government troops are also chasing down a group of Abu Sayyaf bandits and a “lost command” group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels who killed two militiamen in Sumisip town in Basilan last Saturday.

Basilan Police Director Antonio Mendoza said police action will be immediately launched to finish off the gunmen who attacked a group of militiamen rendering security duty around 5 a.m. Saturday in the village of Central Sumisip.

Reinforcement troops later caught up with the attackers and seriously wounded and possibly killed their leader, Abugao Bayali, said Rear Admiral Alex Pama, who heads a counterterrorism force.

"He's (Bayali) one of the more notorious commanders and we've worked very hard to get him," Pama said.

A military report said Bayali was wanted for deadly attacks last year that killed at least eight people, including village leaders and policemen in Sumisip, where he maintained a stronghold.

Bayali was involved in at least three kidnappings for ransom and used homemade bombs in two attacks last month against government troops in Basilan, a predominantly Muslim island about 550 miles (880 kilometers) south of Manila, the report said.

On Sunday, Mendoza said the police received a report that Bayali and Lakibul, another rebel leader, were buried by the remaining members of the group in the village of Guiong, Sumisip.

Mendoza said his men are validating the veracity of the report and intensifying intelligence monitoring “of the enemy location for police operations.”

He said the police and military will not stop in pursuing Bayali's followers to put an end to the atrocities they had been committing in Sumisip and other parts of Basilan.

To intensify the efforts, the Philippine Marine Corps' (PMC) 62nd Force Reconnaissance Company, along with patrol vessels and gun boats, will be deployed to Basilan, said Arevalo.

He said the elite troops will augment the military forces that are already stationed and continuously hunting down the remaining leaders and members of the Abu Sayyaf and rouge MILF group.

Six ships under the Philippine Fleet will also be deployed, Arevalo added.

The deployment is seen as another step to the realization of the government forces’ quest to attain prominence in security operations and support to law-enforcement actions against lawless elements operating in Mindanao. (Bong Garcia/With AP/Sunnex)