3 more Abus nabbed in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:48

Government forces arrested last Sunday night three more suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group involved in a series of kidnappings in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Supt. Luisito Prado Magnaye, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 9 chief, identified those arrested as Jerry Intimani y Ladjahassan, Sammara Akdaw y Pawae and Gaber Mastukan y Asdara.

Police said the three suspects were nabbed at Sitio Caragasan, Barangay Maasin, around 10 p.m. by units from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 9, Regional Intelligence Division, Police Regional Office 9,  Zambanga City Public Safety Company, 5th PNP Special  Action Force,  Zamboanga City Police Office,  Military Intelligence Group 9, Navy Intelligence Service Group and Tasks Force Zamboanga.

Their arrest came during a raid carried out on the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Peter V. Eisma of the  Regional Trial Court, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 15,  for violation Republic Act 10591 and Republic Act 9516.

Confiscated from the suspects’  possession were six .45 caliber pistols and a hand grenade.

A police report disclosed that police and military intelligence operatives had conducted surveillance and monitoring on the three following tips from informants regarding their presence in the city.  It was monitored that the suspects were planning to conduct kidnapping activities.

Sources said they were able to identify their targets, however,due to bad weather, they were not able to push through with their kidnapping plot.

After the surveillances, police and military forces finally located the suspects’ safe house. It was followed by Sunday night’s raid in Caragasan.

Another Abu Sayyaf suspect was arrested by army troopers in Tumalutab, Sacol island at dawn Sunday.

Captain Franco Suelto, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, said Sattar Abdulla alias Abu Sattar, was arrested after long intelligence surveillance.

He said Abdulla, an Abu Sayyaf financier, is also tagged as behind several kidnapping cases in the region.

“Elements of 1st Military Intelligence Battalion, Army Task Force Zamboanga, Police Regional Office 9, Zamboanga City Police Office and supported by Presidential Anti-organized Crime Commission apprehended a hardcore ASG/KFRG financier in the vicinity of Tumalutab around 2:20 in the morning of June 22,” Suelto said.

He said Abdulla is facing six counts of “kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom” and that a warrant for his arrest was Judge Toribio Ilao, of Branch 266 in Pasig City. Suelto said Abdulla is currently being interrogated by the police in Zamboanga City.

Colonel Aminkadra Undug, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, commended troops and policemen involved in the capture of Abdulla. “The capture of the Abu Sayyaf (member) is the result of successful joint law enforcement operation through Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police,” he said.

Two other Abu Sayyaf suspects were nabbed in Sangali last January 16. They were identified as Jimmy Nurilla and Bakrin Haris.

Seized from the two were “subversive documents” and explosives.

A manhunt is now ongoing for a certain Walid, who managed to elude arrest.

The two arrested suspects were reportedly part of the group that abducted:

Australian Warren Rodwell, who was held in captivity for 15 months

American Kevin Lunsman, who was kept in captivity for five months teacher Cathy Casipong from Sibogtok Elementary School in Limaong Island businesswoman Sabrina Voon, who is still in captivity.

Members of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, Special Project Mindanao Khilafa Islamiyya, Philippine National Police, and Armed Forces in the Philippines took part in the PAOCC-assisted operation.

An initial investigation showed the authorities served an arrest warrant on Nurilla and Haris.

Both are suspected to have links to the Basilan-based ASG under the leadership of Furiji Indama and Khair Mundos, who was arrested last week in Parañaque City. — Dan Toribio Jr. with report from Mindanao Examiner