ASG leader captured in Basilan


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces arrested on Tuesday an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader long wanted by authorities for murder and kidnappings the past two decades, officials said.

Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, a regional police spokesman, said Nasser Usman was nabbed by combined police and military troops in Lamitan City, Basilan.

He said Usman was tracked down by authorities in his hideout in Tandung Ahas village at about 1:15 a.m. He did not say if there were weapons or explosives seized from Usman’s hideout.

“Usman is the subject of a warrant of arrest issued for the crimes of kidnappings and serious illegal detention,” he said.

The arrest warrant was issued by Judge Danilo Bucoy of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 2 in Isabela City for four counts of kidnapping with serious illegal detention in connection with the June 2001 Lamitan siege.

Samuddin said Usman, who heads the Abu Sayyaf’s Islamic Propagation and Indoctrination under their leader Ustadz Abdurajak Janjalani, was also involved in the 1995 siege in Zamboanga Sibugay’s capital town of Ipil and in the abduction of several teachers and students from two schools in Barangay Tumahubong in Basilan’s Sumisip town on March 20, 2000. Among the kidnap victims were Claretian priest Fr. Rhoel Gallardo and three teachers who were found dead on May 3.

Samuddin said the militant leader is being interrogated by the police as security forces continue to hunt down other members of the Abu Sayyaf which recently pledged allegiance with Sunni jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.


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  1. mali pong tao ang nadakip nila, nazer usman po ang pangalan hindi nasser usman. “hideout”?! eh bahay namin yun ehh, wala ni 32 revolver dun, ni bullet shell wala kang mahahanap dun. secondary teacher ang father ko. 18 years na syang nagtuturo, at hindi sya nagtatago kanino man. malaya syang pumupunta sa isabela city, lamitan city, tsaka zamboanga city. tapos bigla nalang nilang huhulihin at pipilitin yung pangalan na nasser usman sa father ko dahil nagkamali sila ng hinuli. hindi po ito makatao. hindi po ito makatarungan. may pa-“alias”2x pa silang nalalaman. ano po bang klaseng source sila meron. kung nagkamali, palitan lang? ganun?

  2. Peace loving ang mga totoong muslim. Yang mga sayap na yan ay kidnapping ang hanapbuhay. Jihad kuno, e ransom lang ang alam nilang ipapakain nila sa mga pamilya nila.