2 Abus on kidnap mission arrested PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 June 2016 13:58

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

Police intelligence operatives arrested at dawn Thursday two Abu Sayyaf militants on a mission to kidnap a local businessman in Zamboanga City.

Chief Insp. Edilberto Alvarez, chief of the city police’s Intelligence Section, told reporters that Jamal Labuan, 32,of Taluksangay and  and Alhnur Usup Bacalso alias Arab-Arab/Arab Puti, 28.were arrested after a road chase from the Barangay San Roque to Gov. Camins Avenue where the duo were cornered.

Alvarez said Usup has a pending warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Betlee-Ian Baraquias of the Regional Trial Court based in Sulu.

Alvarez and his men raided a house in San Roque to serve the warrant on Usup but he and Labuan escaped aboard a motorcycle. A chase ensued and the two Abu Sayyaf members were collared.

Recovered from the possession of the two militants were a grenade, three plastic sachets containing methamphetamine hydrochloride or “ice” and several drug paraphernalia.

Police also recovered two stolen motorcycles at the hideout where they raided.

Alvarez said Labuan and Usup were followers of Idang Susukan, sub-commander the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu, with a mission to kidnap a businessman in San Roque.

Since 1991, the Abu Sayyaf — armed with mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars and automatic rifles — has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortions in a self-determined fight for an independent province in the Philippines. The group has recently pledged allegiance to Daesh.

It is notorious for beheading victims after ransoms have failed to be paid for their release.