Basilan barangay official, escort slain in Basilan ambush  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – A village official and his security escort ewre killed in an ambush by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) early Saturday in Sumisip, Basilan, officials said.

Senior Supt. Mario Buyucan, Basilan police director, identified the victims as Nurahman Japparul, 52, the barangay chairman of Mangal, Sumisip, and his security escort, Hajim Barilyo.

Buyucan said the ambush took place at around 6 a.m. Saturday in the boundaries of Barangays Mangal and Central, Sumisip town.

Buyucan said the victims were riding a motorcycle en route to Sitio Landing, Barangay Central coming from Barangay Mangal when ambushed.

Col. Rolando Joselito Bautista, Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade commander, said the suspects were the followers of Juhaibel Alamsirul alias Abu Kik.

Baustista said Marine Battalion Landing Team-11 troops are pursuing the group of Alamsirul. (MindaNews)