TWO Abu Sayyaf bandits involved in the kidnapping of 21 people in Sipadan, Malaysia and the killing of 14 Marine troops were arrested in a raid Zamboanga City Wednesday afternoon.

Zamboanga Peninsula Police Director Edwin Corvera identified the arrested Abu Sayyaf members as Jhon Buhari Jamiri and Adjik Halik who carry a reward of P600,000 and P350,000 respectively for their arrest.

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Corvera said the two have pending warrants of arrest. Jamiri is facing 14 counts of murder and 12 counts of frustrated murder for his involvement in the killing of 14 marine troops, 10 of whom were beheaded, on July 10, 2008 in the village of Guinanta, Albarka, Basilan.

He said Halik faces kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom for his involvement in the kidnapping of 21 people, including 10 Europeans, from Sipadan, Malaysia.

The hostages were herded to the province of Sulu where they were released in batches after alleged payment of huge ransom to the Abu Sayyaf bandits. (Bong Garcia)