COMBINED government operatives arrested early on Tuesday an alleged notorious member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) involved in the kidnapping of Golden Harvest Plantation workers in Basilan in June 2001.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief, Director Victor Deona identified the arrested ASG member as Munib Bararuddi, who is wanted for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
Bararuddi was nabbed by joint elements of CIDG Zamboanga City and the intelligence unit of the 3rd Air Wing Division, 530th Air Base Wing (ABW) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at about 3:40 a.m. along the shoreline of Lampinigan Island in Barangay Dita, Zamboanga City.
Bararuddi was nabbed by government operatives by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by the court for his involvement in the abduction of workers of Golden Harvest Plantation in Brgy. Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan on June 11, 2001.
Deona added that the kidnapping was perpetrated by the group of ASG Commander Isnilon Hapilon where Bararuddi was reportedly under his command.
Bararuddi is now under the custody of the CIDG in Zamboanga City.