Abu in Sipadan kidnapping nabbed near Zambo mall PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:22

Security forces have arrested an Abu Sayyaf militant involved in the kidnapping of 21 mostly westerners on holiday vacation at a Malaysian luxury  island resort in 2000, a police official said Monday.

Sr. Insp. Helen Galvez, spokesperson of the Zamboanga City Police Office, said in a statement that Edward Lee Pisan also known as Salih Abdulla Jainal, 52, was arrested outside a local shopping mall last Saturday afternoon.

Galvez said Pisan has a standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention issued by a court in Sulu province in connection with the kidnapping of 21 people—10 Europeans and 11 Asians—on April 23, 2000 at the Sipadan Dive Resort in Malaysia.

Police said Pisan was a follower of top Abu Sayyaf leader Ghalib Andang alias Commander Robot who was killed along with two other militants in a foiled jailbreak ion Manila in 2005.

Andang was wounded and captured in an encounter with security forces in Jolo island three years after he led the Sipadan kidnapping.

Sources said Pisan was monitored to have moved to Zamboanga City and lived at Camino Nuevo after the 2000 kidnapping. He was spotted Saturday outside the Mindpro Mall where combined police and military forces collared him.

The capture comes as heavily armed sodiers are deployed in various parts of Zamboanga City as part of a tight security step against what the military says possible “spillover”  of the ongoing military offensive against the IS-aesh-linked group in nearby Basilan and Jolo islands.