GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Senior leader of Abu Sayyaf Killed...

Nice to start off the day with good news...
Philippine troops on Sunday killed a senior leader of the small al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group blamed for kidnappings and bombings on a remote southern island, a military commander said.

Albader Parad and five colleagues were killed in a gunbattle with Marine troops in a forested area at the foot of Mount Tucay on the remote southern island of Jolo, Lieutenant-General Ben Dolorfino told reporters.

"We have confirmed that one of the six bodies found belonged to Albader Parad as confirmed by independent civilian sources," Dolorfino said in text messages to reporters. "We consider it a big blow to the cause of Islamic militants in the south."

Dolorfino said one soldier was killed and two were slightly wounded during the brief gunbattle. Several rebels were also wounded.

Parad, who was on the U.S. State Department terrorist list, was the leader of Islamic rebels who kidnapped three members of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Jolo in January 2009.

Parad was running the militant group's day-to-day operations on Jolo, planning kidnappings and bombing activities to raise funds for Abu Sayyaf, an army spokesman said. The flamboyant militant leader was also the group's spokesman.

He was first involved in cross-border kidnapping in 2000 when Abu Sayyaf rebels abducted 20 Western tourists and Malaysian resort workers on Sipadan island near eastern Malaysia's Sabah state. All were released after paying ransom.

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