|Albader Parad Whacked|
|The military is confirming reports that Abu Sayyaf leader Albader Parad had died from wounds suffered during a series of encounters with troops in Indanan, Sulu since Saturday. Troops earlier killed Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and terrorist commander Jainal Antel Sali Jr., alias Abu Solaiman.|
Lt. Gen. Eugenio Cedo, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said troops are tracking down the remaining leaders of the Abu Sayyaf, among them Radulan Sahiron, Umbra Jumdail alias Dr. Abu Pula, Jul Asbi and Isnilon Hapilon, along with Jemaah Islamiyah bombers Dulmatin and Umar Patek.
"The operations continue to comply and meet the deadline to finish the Abu Sayyaf and the JI bombers who are still hiding in Sulu," he said. Cedo spoke to reporters during a visit to a military hospital where he awarded medals to Army Scout Rangers who were wounded in the encounter last Sunday.
At least eight of the 13 wounded Scout Rangers airlifted to Camp Navarro General Hospital were also given cash incentives by Cedo from Armed Forces chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon. Cedo also belied reports that six soldiers were killed and two others were reported missing in action in fighting against the Abu Sayyaf and fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday. It was improbable for the military to hide casualty figures because their immediate families are being notified, he added.