Abu Sayyaf spokesman / sub-leader:Dead – Military
Philippine Military spokesman Colonel Bartolome Bacarro, says it’s a significant victory in the war against terror. A Major leader of the Abu Sayayf who announced death, bombing, and beheading for more than five years on radio in Mindanao was killed in a encounter with Philippine special forces troops in ongoing US backed operations versus the Abu Sayyaf on Jolo island.
[ ]… General Hermogenes Esperon, the chief of the Philippine military, said Wednesday that army special forces killed Abu Sulaiman in a gun battle on the southwestern island of Jolo. He died Tuesday. Sulaiman was one of the leading terrorists wanted by U.S. and Philippine authorities. He claimed responsibility for the 2004 bombing of a ferry off Manila bay that killed more than 100 people, one of Southeast Asia’s worst terror attacks. …”  VOA news
Solaiman is accused of taking part in masterminding the kidnapping of three Americans and a 27 Filipino tourists and workers from Palawan island in 2001. He is also known to have directed the beheading of security guard at the resort who resisted the Pirate style raid which happened a few months before the 9-11 attacks in the USA. One of the Americans Guilermo Sobero of a small town near Bakersfield California was beheaded during his captivity. Solaiman made the announcement of Sobero’s killing on local radio in Mindanao – saying it was a birthday present for Philippine President Arroyo.
Sulaiman also is suspected also for his role in several bombings in the southern city of Zamboanga among them one that killed a U.S. soldier in 2002 which was funded by Saddam era Iraqi diplomats assigned to manila. The attack took place prior to the US invasion of Iraq, Solaiman also thanked the late Iraqi dictator for a $100,000 gift of support his Abu Sayyaf organization allegedly got from Saddam’s government.
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