Soldier killed in Sayyaf ambush

A SOLDIER was killed in an ambush staged by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in the hinterlands of Basilan province, a top police official said.

Basilan police officer-in-charge Abubakar Tulawie identified the slain soldier as Corporal Nurhassad Imlani of the Army’s 18th Infantry Battalion.

Imlani was driving his motorcycle when the Abu Sayyaf bandits ambushed the him around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Sitio Kurellem, Silangkum village, Tipo-Tipo municipality, Superintendent Tulawie said.

Imlani, who was assigned with the intelligence, was traveling from the village of Sungkayot, Ungkaya Pukan town en route to the village of Tipo-Tipo proper, Tipo-Tipo town when he was ambushed, the police said.

Two of the ambush suspects were identified as Abu Parung and Abu Mudzrie, who are followers of Abu Sayyaf commander Puruji Indama alias Abu Dujana, Tulawie added.

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