AN ABU Sayyaf member was apprehended while another voluntarily surrendered during the continuous military operation in the provinces of Basilan and Sulu.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) information officer Jo-ann Petinglay identified the arrested Abu Sayyaf bandit as Abdul Mushin Nur and the one who surrendered as Absara Mursalin Akbara alias Talin Amsang, 41.

Petinglay said Nur, who belongs to the group of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Furuji Indama, was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 20, at Sitio Block 4 in the village of Bohe Pahuh, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan.

She said Nur’s arrest came after a concerned citizen reported to the troops his whereabouts.

The Wesmincom information officer said Akbara surrendered to the troops of the Army’s 41st Infantry Battalion around 10 a.m. Sunday at Sitio Palan in the village of Mampallam, Talipao, Sulu.

Petinglay said Akbara yielded an M-16 Armalite rifle. He was turned over to the police for the filling of appropriate charges against him.

She said Akbara revealed he opted to surrender due to fear that he will be the next target of the military offensives.

Akbara said he no longer feels safe as communities have been tipping-off the sanctuaries and homes of Abu Sayyaf members, according to Petinglay.

“This is an offshoot of the command's relentless focused military operations against the ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) inside their strongholds and comfort zones,” Wesmincom Chief Carlito Galvez, Jr. said. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)