SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 25, 2008) – Troops recovered a machine gun allegedly owned by the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu provinces in the southern Philippines, the military said Sunday.
It said a civilian provided information to soldiers about the weapon, a 30-caliber, kept by an Abu Sayyaf member in Talipao town.
“The successful operation is attributed to the civilian’s input of information,” said Sulu military chief, Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban.
“The provincial government’s gun ban is being seriously implemented by authorities to curb the proliferation of loose firearms and deny these weapons from being used for unlawful activities.
Every gun seized indicates that Sulu has been rid of a serious threat --making every Suluano existence safer,” he said.
Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan has banned illegal weapons in the province and ordered authorities to dismantle private armies and arrest those violating the law. (Mindanao Examiner)