Monday, June 16, 2014

2 alleged Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in Zamboanga City

From InterAksyon (Jun 17): 2 alleged Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in Zamboanga City

Authorities captured two alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf believed involved in several kidnappings, including those of former Australian soldier Warren Rodwell and American Kevin Lunsman, but failed to nab their primary target.

A statement from the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission said its agents, supporting personnel of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, Special Project Mindanao Khilafa Islamiyya, Philippine National Police, and Armed Forces in the Philippines, mounted an operation in Zamboanga City on Monday to serve warrants of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges on a certain “Walid” in Barangay Sangali.

Although Walid managed to evade the dragnet, the team captured Jimmy Nurilla, alias “Doc,” and Bakrin Haris, allegedly members of an Abu Sayyaf branch operating in Zamboanga City with links to groups in Basilan commanded by Furiji Indama and Khair Mundos, who was captured in Metro Manila recently.

Aside from Rodwell and Lunsman, Nurilla and Haris were also supposedly involved in the kidnapping of elementary teacher Cathy Casipong and businesswoman Sabrina Voon.

Voon is still in captivity.

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