2 killed in retribution attack in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines — Two persons were killed in Basilan province on Friday, Nov. 20, in an attack that the military said was aimed at avenging the death of the suspected perpetrator’s kin.

Col. Domingo Gobway, commanding officer of the Army’s Joint Task Force Basilan, said a firefight happened in Barangay Langgong in Mohammad Ajul town on Friday.

One side was led by Gion Arasad, said to be a commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), while the other was led by Jobel and Halifa Abdullah who are suspected to be affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf /group.

Killed in the armed encounter were Ayad Munyong Taha, a councilor of Barangay Langgong who …

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