Abu Sayyaf financier killed in gun fight
ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces killed an alleged Abu Sayyaf financier in a firefight in Luuk town in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, the military's 4th Civil Relations Group said on Monday.
The military said policemen, backed by soldiers, were trying to arrest Aldair Makumbong in his hideout in the village of Niog-Niog on Friday, September 17, when he opened fire on security forces, igniting a gun fight that eventually killed him.
It was unknown why the report was only released yesterday.
"The subject of the arrest warrant fired at the approaching government forces prompting the latter to retaliate in defense of themselves. The firefight lasted for several minutes, which resulted in the neutralization of Aldasir Makumbong," the 4th Civil Relations Group said.
It said troops also recovered the dead man's rifle, ammunition and a box containing dried marijuana leaves
Makumbong was also the prime suspect in the killing of a businesswoman in Zamboanga City, an alleged financier of the terrorist group and involved in drug trafficking, according to the 4th Civil Relations Group.
The body of the slain gunman was handed over to his family in Sulu, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region