• Close aide of Abu Sayyaf leader nabbed in Zamboanga City

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    A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group has been arrested in Zamboanga City, a military official said.

    In a live radio interview, Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, Western Mindanao commander, said the Abu Sayyaf member was a close aide of fugitive leader Isnilon Hapilon and a former trainee of the Jemaah Islamiyah.

    The arrest in Zamboanga City was made by a joint task force of police and military forces, Galvez said.

    A separate report also said that 74 more members of the Abu Sayyaf surrendered to the Western Mindanao Command. TMT

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