The military called the neutralization of Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP) founding leader Mohammad Jaafar Sabewang Maguid alias "Tokboy" a major blow to the terrorist organization.
This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo during a press briefing Thursday.
He said the killing of Maguid and arrest of three of his companions will definitely dislocate the operations of the group.
The AKP leader was shot and killed in an encounter at around 1 a.m. at the Angel Beach Resort in Barangay Kitagas, Kiamba town, Sarangani.
The terror group had been blamed over a string of terror attacks in Sarangani and the neighboring areas these past years.
Maguid, who bolted from the Sarangani provincial jail in 2010, is facing at least 15 arrest warrants issued by various local courts since 2008.
He is facing multiple counts of murder, attempted murder, frustrated murder, robbery with violence, robbery with homicide, destructive arson and arson, filed at the Regional Trial Court Branches 11 and 38 in Alabel, Sarangani.
Authorities tagged Maguid's group as behind the planting of an improvised explosive in December at a Christmas display in front of the Kiamba municipal hall.
Joint operatives seized suspected bomb-making materials at his house in Barangay Daliao in Maasim town in October last year.
Source: Philippines News Agency