Another Abu Sayyaf leader has been killed, the military has revealed today (Saturday, April 29).
Alhabsy Misaya has been blamed for the kidnapping of dozens and Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malaysian hostages, including one who was beheaded.
Army Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año told The Associated Press that that the terrorist was slain in a clash with marines late last night in jungle territory between the towns of Indanan and Parang in Sulu province.
“We consider him the most notorious kidnapper from that bandit group and this is a big setback to the Abu Sayyaf,” he said.
Misaya had been blamed for the abductions of dozens of cargo ship crewmen of cargo ships and tugboats plying the Sulu Sea between the southern Philippines and Malaysia.
He was believed to be holding several abducted Vietnamese sailors in his jungle stonghold but the hostages were apparently not with him during the clash.
A kidnapped Malaysian man was beheaded by Misaya’s group in November 2015.
The killing is just the latest military success against the Islamic State-affiliated group, which recently launched a foiled kidnapping raid on the tourist island of Bohol.