• 2 suspected Sayyaf militants captured

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces captured two suspected Abu Sayyaf militants during an operation in Basilan province in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines, the military said Saturday.

    It said policemen and soldiers tracked down Mudzri Adjalan and a certain Yasir in their hideout in the village of Sungkayot, in Ungkaya Pukan town, on Friday and eventually captured them.

    Authorities linked the duo to kidnap-for-ransom activities and murders in Basilan and Zamboanga City and are currently being interrogated in this city.

    No other details were made available by the authorities on the two suspected militants, but operations against the Abu Sayyaf is continuing in Basilan, just a few nautical miles south of Zamboanga. AL JACINTO

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