GOVERNMENT security forces have arrested the henchman of top leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in an east coast village of Zamboanga City, the police reported on Wednesday, July 19.
Chief Inspector Elmer Solon, Police Station 4 chief, identified the arrested ASG henchman as Albarin Arabin, whose real identity is Ustadz Namir alias Abu Amama.
Solon said that Arabin is a sub-leader of top ASG leader Isnilon Hapilon, who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (Isis).
Solon said Arabin was arrested on Monday, July 17, in the village of Taluksangay, 19 kilometers east of the city.
He said Arabin has standing warrant of arrest for six counts of kidnapping with serious illegal detention for his involvement in the kidnapping of workers in 2001 at Golden Harvest Plantation in the village of Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan.
He said the arrest of Arabin came after they received report about the presence of two unidentified persons in Taluksangay claiming to be Malaysian preachers.
He said Arabin and his companion, Abdulwajid Ibno, turned out to be Filipinos who have worked for several years in Malaysia.
Ibno was placed under investigation to ascertain whether he is also a member of the ASG, according to Solon. (SunStar Philippines)