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6 Abu Sayyaf bandits yield to military in Sulu

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Six alleged Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered to the military in Sulu, an official said Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said that the former bandits admitted that they gave up to the authorities due to the military’s intensified combat operations and the declining support from the civilians.

The former Abu Sayyaf members also handed over to the military their three Garand rifles.

Five of them yielded on July 24 while another bandit surrendered on July 23 to the 32nd Infantry Battalion in Sulu.

The former bandits will be registered to the government’s assistance program for their reintegration, military said.

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