Suspected ASG member killed in Basilan blast

Richard Falcatan
Policemen have yet to identify the man who carried and was killed by the explosive in Lamitan

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Authorities have identified the man who died when an improvised explosive device (IED) he was carrying went off along the road of Barangay Balagtasan in Lamitan, Basilan, at about 3:25 pm on Tuesday, July 2. 

Lamitan police said Rey Sapili, aka “Gob,” is believed to be a member of terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group based in Tipo-Tipo town, also in Basilan. 

The IED was in a pouch tucked around Sapili’s waist when it prematurely exploded while he was driving a motorcycle. He sustained severe injuries on the right side of his abdomen.

A caliber .45 pistol and a cellular phone were found in his possession. – 


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