Another Abu Sayaf member falls in Sulu

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JOINT military and police intelligence agents arrested late Saturday afternoon a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu province tagged as among those involved in the kidnappings in Malaysia and Tawi Tawi province.

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Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Kadaffy Kamsa was recuperating at the Integrated Provincial Hospital Office in Asturias, Jolo, Sulu when nabbed by security forces at 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

Arrojado said government forces have received information that Kamsa was brought to the hospital after he got involved in a vehicular accident.

Two other ASG members identified as Badong Kamsa and Nixon Manda eluded arrest. They fled the hospital after sensing the arrival of government forces, Arrojado said.

Kadaffy was charged with illegal possession of firearm and reckless imprudence resulting to serious physical injury.

The military said Kadaffy is a notable member of the ASG and responsible for several kidnappings in Tawi Tawi and in Malaysia under the supervision of ASG sub-leaders Alhabsy Misaya and Angah Adji.

Asked if they were involved in the kidnapping at a popular restaurant in Sandakan, Arrojado said: “Most likely they were in the group that served as guards.”

Fernan Marasigan

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