Troops arrest Abu Sayyaf bandit in Zamboanga


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police and military operatives have arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf Group bandit, involved in the abduction of plantation workers in Basilan in 2001, a police official said on Saturday.

Chief Insp. Elmer Solon, Police Station 4 chief, identified the arrested suspect as Hamad Ajijul Susulan alias “Hajer Sailani” and “Ahmad.”

Solon said Susulan was arrested at about 3:10 p.m. on Friday along the highway in Barangay Mercedes here in a combined police and military operation.

He said the suspect has standing warrant of arrest for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom issued by the regional trial court in Basilan province.

Susulan is reportedly involved in the kidnapping of farm workers of the Golden Harvest Plantation at Barangay Tairan, Lantawan in Basilan on June 11, 2001.

The Abu Sayyaf bandits seized eight plantation workers during their attack and demanded ransom for their release.

The bandits beheaded some of the workers while others were either rescued by government forces or managed to escape during the firefight.



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