3 suspected Abu Sayyaf arrested in Zamboanga City

GOVERNMENT authorities have arrested three suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in separate law enforcement operations, a police official said.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the suspects as: Daud Bulan Sabdani, who is also known as Julhasin Hanwari alias Nur; Hood Salvador Abdulla alais Jiking; and, a certain Kim.

Galvez said Sabdani was arrested by policemen around 5 p.m. Thursday in the village of Tetuan, this city.

Galvez said Sabdani has standing warrant of arrest for eight-count kidnapping with serious illegal detention issued by the court in Basilan province.

Galvez said Sabdani was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of 15 workers on June 11, 2001 at the Golden Harvest plantation in the village of Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan.

The Abu Sayyaf bandits have executed by beheading five of the 15 workers while the remaining 10 have either escaped or were rescued by pursuing military forces.

Galvez said Abdulla was arrested by a joint team of policemen, soldiers and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at a motel in the villages of Sta. Maria, this city.

She said Abdulla has standing warrant of arrest for six-count kidnapping issued by a Pasig City court.

She said Abdulla was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of six members of the Jehovah’s witnesses on August 20, 2002 in Patikul, Sulu.

The victims -- two men and four women -- were on a door-to-door sale of comestic products when the Abu Sayyaf bandits kidnapped them.

The Abu Sayyaf bandits have executed by beheading the two men a day after they were kidnapped. Military troops rescued the four women several weeks later.

Galvez said Kim was arrested by joint military, police and NBI operatives around 12:20 a.m. in the village of Rio Hondo, this city.

She said Kim, whose complete name was not released, was also involved in the kidnapping of six members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Patikul, Sulu.

She said Abdulla and Kim were taken to Manila after they were arrested in this city. (SunStar Philippines)
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