2 Abus nabbed after botched kidnapping PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 June 2015 09:15

Two suspected Abu Sayyaf Group militants were arrested following a foiled abduction in Barangay Busbus in Jolo Saturday night.

Colonel Alan Arrojado, the commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, identified those arrested as Ayatullah Andam Arabah and Jurpin Talib Abdulhalim.

Arabah has a standing arrest warrant for murder issued by Judge Arabani of the Regional Trial Court IX.

Arrojado told ABS-CBN News the two alleged ASG members were part of the group that tried to abduct businesswoman Adelaida Tan Hablo, a resident of Patikul town.

Hablo was on board a tricycle when she was waylaid by the armed men near the Notre Dame for Boys High School in Barangay Kasulutan.

But she was able to run and seek the help of policemen.

A brief shootout erupted between the suspected ASG members and the responding policemen, which prompted the suspects to abandon their motorcycles and a getaway vehicle.

The hot pursuit operations continued in Barangay Buhanginan in Patikul town. With the help of soldiers from 35th Infantry Batallion of 501st brigade, the two alleged rebels were arrested.

The government forces also recovered a .45-caliber pistol in the possession of Abduhalim.

The two suspects are believed to be followers of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Ninok Sappari.

Arrojado said Hablo’s son was also kidnapped in October 2014 by alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu and was later released after allegedly paying ransom to the captors.

Policemen are now preparing to file formal charges against Abdulhalim and Arabah, as Hablo is expected to execute her affidavit.