From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 26): Abu Sayyaf bandit nabbed at Zamboanga airport
Combined police and military operatives on Monday arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigand facing a string of criminal cases in this city.
The arrest came as government authorities heightened security measures in this city to prevent a spill over of violence as troops are continuously pursuing the ASG in the nearby provinces of Basilan and Sulu.
Chief Insp. Elmer Solon, Police Station 4 chief, identified the arrested suspect as Abdul Baliyung alias Majula Gani, 34, a resident of Barangay Sangali, this city.
Solon said Baliyung was arrested around 2:22 p.m. Monday in the vicinity of the Zamboanga International Airport by police and military intelligence personnel.
Solon said Baliyung has standing warrant of arrest for seven counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention issued by a court in Isabela City, Basilan dated January 28, 2008.
He said the suspect is detained at the headquarters of Police Station 4 pending turnover to the court concerned.
He said the suspect will also be placed under investigation to determine why he was at the airport.