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3 Abu Sayyaf members in abduction of Jehovah Witness followers arrested


THREE alleged members of terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who eluded authorities for 18 years were finally arrested in separate operations last week, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported on Wednesday.

Joint operations by the NBI’s Counter Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD) and government forces led to the arrest of Saudi “Erie” Ausad, Ajvier “Jaber” Kuhutan, and Adzmi “Abduraya” Kuhutan.

The suspects were arrested for the alleged kidnapping of six members of Jehovas’ Witness, a religious group, in Patikul, Sulu on Aug. 20, 2002. Two of the hostages were beheaded.

On Friday, July 17, Ausad was arrested at Sultan Kudarat Street in Maharlika, Taguig after being positively identified by a witness, a guard, to the abductions.

Kuhutan was also identified by the same witness, resulting in his arrest at Craig Street in Sampaloc, Manila on Monday afternoon, July 20.

The suspects, who are now under the custody of the NBI, face six counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges.


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