Grandson of ASG leader Radulan Sahiron killed in encounter in Talipao, Sulu

THE grandson of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Radulan Sahiron was killed in an encounter with government forces on Saturday in Talipao, Sulu.

This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) Commander Lt.Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.

Sobejana identified the slain terrorist as one alias Vikram, an IED maker.

Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Maj.Gen. Corleto Vinluan said Vikram was involved in the Jolo Cathedral and 1st Brigade Combat Team bombings.

He was killed at around 9:45 pm in Barangay Bilaan, Talipao, Sulu.

Initial investigation showed that troops launched a military operation in the area following reports that terrorists were seen roaming around the community.

Acting on a reliable information, troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu conducted pursuit operation to intercept two ASG members onboard a motorcycle in Barangay Bilaan.

The troops were shot by the two, forcing the soldiers to retaliate and pursue the fleeing terrorists.

While in pursuit, the troops recovered the remains of one of the terrorists left dead by his comrade in Bgy. Lambana and was identified as Vikram.

"Vikram is an IED maker involved during the Jolo Cathedral and 1st Brigade Combat Team bombings," Vinluan said.

"He was also involved in the encounter with the 21st Infantry Battalion," Vinluan added.

No soldier was harmed during the operation.

The cadaver of Vikram was brought to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for proper disposition.