Abu Sayyaf bandit in Malaysian resort kidnapping falls

SECURITY forces have arrested a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group who was involved in the kidnapping of 21 people, including 10 Europeans, 17 years ago in a Malaysian resort, a top police official said March 21.

Arrested was Dani Suraidi, who uses the aliases Dad and Amdak Jumah, said Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, of the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula.

Beltran said Suraidi was arrested by joint police and military operatives around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the village of Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City.

Suraidi has a standing arrest warrant for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom for his alleged involvement in the April 23, 2000 kidnapping of 21 people in Sipadan island diving resort, Palau, Sabah, Malaysia.

The Abu Sayyaf Group herded the hostages that included 10 Europeans, nine Malaysians and two Filipinos to the forest of Sulu, where they were released in batches months later following payments of ransom.

Beltran said Suraidi was taken to the Regional Intelligence Unit-Zamboanga Peninsula office for debriefing and eventual turnover to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for temporary custody and for proper disposition. (SunStar Philippines)
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