Abu Sayyaf bandit falls

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Monday, May 5, 2014


JOINT police and military operatives arrested an alleged Abu Sayyaf bandit involved in the kidnapping of six members of the Jehovah’s Witness in 2002 in the province of Sulu, an official announced Monday.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) Spokesman Senior Inspector Joseph Ortega has identified the arrested Abu Sayyaf bandit as a certain Abu Ondil.

Ortega said Ondil was arrested around 5 p.m. Sunday along the highway in front of Acapulco Beach Resort in the village of Sinunuc, 9.3 kilometers west of this city.

Ortega said that Ondil was involved in the kidnapping of six members -- two males and four females -- of the Jehovah’s Witness in August of 2002 in Sulu.

Ortega said that a Pasig City Court has issued a warrant of arrest against Ondil, who is facing six counts charges for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

The victims were on a door-to-door sale of cosmetic products in the municipality of Patikul at that time when they were seized by the Abu Sayyaf bandits.

The bandits beheaded the male victims a day after they were seized while the other four were released several months later.

The arrested suspect was placed under the custody of the Regional Intelligence Unit-9 for documentation and proper disposition, Ortega said.

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