ZAMBOANGA CITY – A Daulah Islamiyah sub-leader was killed by government forces during a law enforcement operation conducted inside a motel in Esperanza town in Sultan Kudarat province.
Armed Force of the Philippines- Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) Commander Lt Gen Corleto Vinluan, Jr. identified the slain Daulah Islamiyah sub-leader as Jazzer Nilong, a.k.a. Khalid DI Nilong.
Police and military authorities were conducting a law enforcement operation when they chanced upon Nilong at the Migyz Inn located at Purok Hiligaynon in Barangay Saliao in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat at about 12:35 pm on Wednesday.
According to Vinluan “Nilong sensed the presence of the government forces who were conducting surveillance operation. He immediately drew his gun and fired upon the operatives and so they were forced to retaliate.”
“The exchange of fire lasted for about two minutes which resulted in the instantaneous death of Nilong,” he added.
Brig. Gen. Roberto Capulong, commander of the 602nd Infantry Brigade said Nilong has an existing warrant of arrest for the crime of frustrated murder CC # 18-30874, 18-31551, 18-30870 issued by Judge Dennis Velasco of RTC Judge Branch 23, General Santos City.
“Nilong was also involved in the General Santos bombing and assassination of Police Cpt. Herman Gabat,” Capulong said.
Seized from Nilong’s possession were one Cal. 45 Pistol Norinco with one magazine and four of ammunition, one-piece 60mm unfused mortar, one rifle grenade with bull trap, electric blasting cap, battery, improvised thrown ammunition, two improvised non-electric blasting cap, four fired cartridge case of cal. 9mm, and two heat-sealed sachet containing a white crystalline substance believed to be shabu.
The operating troops immediately coordinated with the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) teams for the conduct of the investigation and proper handling of the recovered explosives.
“We are grateful for no one from our side was hurt during the operation,” Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Joint Task Force (JTF) Central Commander said.
“There will be no let-up in our campaign against terrorism and lawlessness in our area of operation. It is either they will lay down their arms and surrender peacefully or they will risk their lives fighting against our valiant troops,” Uy added.