JOINT police and military operatives have arrested an Abu Sayyaf bandit involved in the Lamitan siege 15 years ago, an official announced.
Arrested was Benzar Jumrani alias Abu Pati, according to Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula director.
Beltran said Jumrani was arrested in a law enforcement operation last week at Sitio Lingayon in the village of Limpapa, west of Zamboanga City.
Beltran said Jumrani is a follower of the late Abu Sayyaf Spokesman Aldam Tilao alias Abu Sabaya and was involved in the June 2, 2001 Lamitan siege.
He said the arrested bandit was also among the detainees that escaped in a jailbreak in December 2009 at the Basilan Provincial Jail in the village of Sumagdang, Isabela City.
He said Jumrani was placed under the custody of the Military Intelligence Group (MIG)-Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao).
Jumrani was one of the two Abu Sayyaf bandits the police and military authorities have arrested last week in Zamboanga City.
The other was Abu Sayyaf sub-leader as Faizal Jaafar, who carries the aliases of Jaafar Mundi, Abu Jaafar, Abu Aren, Abu Ben and Abu Raba.
Beltran said Jaafar was arrested in a law enforcement operation through the serving of warrant of arrest for the crime of 87-count kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
He said Jaafar has also standing warrants of arrest for murder and illegal possession of firearms issued by the courts of Isabela City, Basilan and Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, respectively.
He said Jaafar was involved in the 2001 kidnapping of 21 people, mostly Europeans, in Sipadan, Malaysia. (SunStar Philippines)