ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police and military forces have captured a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group that has been linked to the kidnapping of two Malaysians—one of them beheaded—and a Korean in southern Philippines, officials said on Saturday.
Officials said Saddam Jailani, who is a follower of Abu Sayyaf leader Alhabsi Misaya, was nabbed in the Port of Jolo.
Jailani is detained by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Security forces also captured two members—Menu Maganaka and Rex Bacana—of the bandit group Pentagon in Kabacan town in North Cotabato province. Seized from them is one automatic rifle and three .45-caliber pistols and 11 magazines.
The three men were captured separately on Friday.
No other details were made available by authorities about Jailani, except that his group was behind the murder of Malaysian Bernard Then, 39, who was kidnapped in Sandakan in May this year along with Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, who was freed by rebels.
The capture of Jailani came a day after troops seized six automatic rifles that are believed to belong to the Abu Sayyaf Group in the village of Bonbon in Patikul town. Civilians tipped off the military about the weapons hidden.