2 Sayyaf bandits fall

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


COMBINED police and military forces have arrested two suspected Abu Sayyaf members in a raid in an east coast village of Zamboanga City, the police reported.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) spokesman Senior Inspector Joseph Ortega identified those arrested as Jimmy Nurilla, 34, alias Abu Dok and Bakrin Haris.

Ortega said they were arrested around 1 p.m. Monday in the village of Sangali, 25 kilometers east of Zamboanga City.

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Ortega said the two were arrested in the village of Sangali after the combined police and military operatives swooped down on their residence to serve warrants of arrest against two wanted persons.

Ortega said the two were active members of the Abu Sayyaf Group operating in Zamboanga City, with ties with the Basilan-based bandits led by Khair Mundos and Furuji Indama.

They were found to be involved in the kidnapping of Australian national Warren Rodwell in December 2012 Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; US national Gerfa Lunsmann in July 2012 in Tigtabon Island, Zamboanga City; public school teacher Cathy Mae Casipong in December 2013 Limaong, Zamboanga City; and Sabrina Voon in February this year in Mercedes, Zamboanga City.

All of the hostages except for Voon were released by the kidnappers tagged as members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.

The two arrested suspected Abu Sayyafs were turned over to the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime for proper disposition, Ortega said.

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