Troops arrest Sayyaf follower

THE military and police have arrested an alleged Abu Sayyaf member involved in the 2001 Dos Palmas kidnapping, a military official disclosed.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer Captain Maria Rowena Muyuela identified the arrested suspect as Kudairik Abdulla alias Abu Assad and Abu Boboy, a follower of Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Muyuela said that Abdulla was arrested around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lampinigan Island, Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province.

Muyuela said that Abdulla has a standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 69 of Pasay City.

Aside from Dos Palmas, Muyuela said that Abdulla is also involved in the 2001 kidnapping of American National Jeffrey Schilling; Tairan attack and kidnapping in 2001; kidnapping of Jehovah’s Witnesses member in 2002; and Tumahubong kidnapping.

She said that Abudlla was turned over to police for custodial debriefing and appropriate disposition.

She said the successful operation that resulted to the arrest of the suspect was made possible through close coordination among the military and police forces “on the ground.”

She said they will continue with the intensified joint pursuit operations to hunt down other criminals in order to reduce criminalities and eventually restore peace and order in Mindanao.
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