Abu leader slain; cops on alert

PNS — POLICE commandos on Saturday shot dead a wanted leader of the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group and two of his men in an operation aimed at neutralizing the bandits and a fugitive member of the Al Qaeda-backed Jemaah Ismaliyah in Maimbung, Sulu, officials said yesterday.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Jesus A. Verzosa placed the entire Mindanao police force on full alert effective 12 noon yesterday in anticipation of retaliatory attacks from the Abu Sayyaf following the killing of Abu Sayyaf commander Gafur Jumdail.

Verzosa said combined agents of the PNP Special Action Force and the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Western Mindanao killed the three suspects in Maimbung town.