Abu Sayyaf member bagged in Zamboanga City operation

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Operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police on Wednesday night arrested an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member with numerous arrest warrants for kidnapping, serious illegal detention and other crimes during operations at the port area of Zamboanga City.

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Capt. Franco Suelto, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, identified the arrested ASG man as Nur Hassan.

Hassan’s apprehension took place around 6: 10 p.m.

Hassan has several outstanding warrants for kidnapping and serious illegal detention issued by Isabela City Regional Trial Court Branch 1 and 2.

Aside from this, the suspect also took part in the June 2, 2001 Lamitan Siege.

In this attack, 40 ASG fighters stormed the Dr. Jose Torres Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s Church compound and took hostage 200 people, including medical staff of the above-mentioned hospital.

Dozens of people were killed in the efforts to retake the hospital and church. PNA

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