MALUNGON, Sarangani – An Ansar Al-Khilafah Philipppines (AKP) Sub-Leader, Basser Sahak, died in an encounter with government troops from 27th Infantry Battalion, 6 o’clock in the morning of October 22, 2018 at Sitio Gansidan, Barangay Daliao, Maasim, Sarangani.
Sahak was resposible for series of atrocities and bombings. He was one of the suspects charged with Multiple Frustrated Murder in connection to the IED explosion transpired last September 16, 2018 at Purok Malipayon, Barangay Apopong, General Santos City that injured at least 8 individuals.
Accordingly, Sahak was in-charged of liquidation operation and money-making activities. He managed the AKP finances and had direct contact with Abu Toraife, the leader of ISIS-Inspired Dawla Islamiya Group that operates in Maguindanao, Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
Further, troops recovered an M16 rifle w/ defaced serial number; 8 live ammunitions of M203 rifle;
3 cellular phones; several live ammunitions, 1 long magazine and 2 short magazines of M16 rifle; 4 improvised anti-personnel mines with components; food supplies and personal belongings. Furthermore, cadaver of Sahak was turned over to Daliao Barangay Captain Aladin Tambingag and Maasim Municipal Kagawad Jovi Apit for proper disposition.
“1002nd Infantry Brigade intends to defeat this ISIS-inspired group like AKP by isolating them in order to apply focused military operations and avoid collateral damage. We are collaborating with other government agencies and civil society organizations aimed to address socio-economic conditions contributing to the resiliency of terror groups.” Brigadier General Roberto T Ancan, Commander of 1002nd Infantry Brigade said.
Meanwhile, Major General Noel S Clement, Commander 10ID lauded troops’ accomplishment and said “with people’s participation in our campaign against terrorism, we can detect, locate and neutralize terrorists. In this way, any possible threat will always be dealt with accordingly.”