A TOP Muslim militant tagged as behind several bombings in Central Mindanao that killed more than 30 people in the past seven years has been arrested by government security forces.
Philippine National Police-Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) Director Chief Supt. Abelardo Villacorta identified the militant as Jabide Abdul alias Zabide/Beds, a senior leader of the Al-Khobar group.
Villacorta said Jabide was apprehended last Tuesday afternoon by combined police operatives in Brgy. Titulok, Bagum-bayan, Sultan Kudarat.
The operation leading to Jabide’s capture was carried out by joint elements of the Task Force Sanglahi-Alpha, operatives from the Regional Intelligence Unit-12 of the IG, Special Project Mindanao Khilafa Islamiya (SPMKI) and Regional Safety Battalion-12.
Villacorta said that Jabide was arrested based on several warrants of arrests issued by several courts in Mindanao for multiple murder, multiple frustrated murder, multiple attempted murder and destruction of property.
He added that a joint order from the Department of National Defense and Department of Interior and Local Government has set a reward of P3.3 million for any information leading to Jabide’s arrest.
Police records showed that the Jabide-led Al-Khobar Group was responsible for the series of deadly attacks in Mindanao.