AN Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member allegedly involved in the abduction of European tourists and Filipino resort workers in Sipadan, Malaysia in 2000 was arrested in Zamboanga City.
Chief Supt. Roel Obusan, Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director, said Bads Adjam, who also uses the alias “Pa Malod” and “Abu Jihad”, was captured late Thursday afternoon in Barangay Santa Maria.
Adjam, who carries a reward of P600, 000 on his head, is the third member of the terrorist group arrested this year.
Obusan said Adjam was arrested by government troops by virtue of a warrant for six counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom in connection with the abduction of nine Europeans and two Filipino resort workers in Sipadan Island.
He was also involved in the kidnapping of six members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Patikul, Sulu in 2002.
Adjam was flown to Manila late Friday afternoon and detained at the CIDG National Capital Region (NCR) in Camp Crame for documentation before his turnover to the concerned court.
Also on Thursday, Marines raided a suspected ASG hideout and captured three persons and speedboats in a daring operation near the Tawi-Tawi-Sabah border.
Members of the elite Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) launched the operation near Sitangkai Island, where a shotgun and ammunition were seized from the suspects.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier vowed to wipe out the Abu Sayyaf, linked to the international terrorist groups, during his term if the bandits continue to fight and commit terror acts.
Duterte traveled to Zamboanga City and Basilan on Thursday to personally check on the troops and discuss the security situation in the province with the military and police officials.
Meanwhile, the ASG militants demanded a P200 million ransom for the release of five Malaysian sailors they recently kidnapped off Sabah.
One of the hostages – Tayudin Anjut – reportedly called up his employer, saying they were being held captive in Basilan in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
The sailors – Abd Rahim Sumamas, Fandy Bakran, Mohd Zumadil Rahim and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail – are crewmembers of the tugboat Seruduna 3, which disappeared at sea off Lahad Datu town on July18.