The military claimed a major victory in its war against the Abu Sayyaf Sunday when Marines assaulted the bandits’ lair and killed six of them, including a top leader with a $5-million bounty on his head.
“We have confirmed that one of the six bodies belonged to Albader Parad as confirmed by four independent civilian sources,” Lt. Gen. Ben Dolorfino, the Western Mindanao Command chief, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.
One Marine was killed while three other soldiers were wounded in a fierce two-hour gun battle at Barangay Karawan in Maimbung, Sulu, the military said.
The US government had a bounty of $5 million on Parad’s head. The Philippine government’s bounty was P7 million.
“It’s a very significant gain in our campaign against terrorism because we all know that Albader Parad is one of their influential leaders,” Dolorfino said.
“This will have a very big demoralizing effect on the other members and shows that they cannot hide forever from the arms of the law,” he added.