Army troops capture Abu involved in Lamitan Siege PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 November 2012 14:17

Troops of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division and police Thursday arrested an Abu Sayyaf Group member implicated in the infamous Lamitan Siege of June 2001, during operations in Barangay Oval, Lamitan, Basilan.

Capt. Alberto Caber, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, identified the arrested ASG operative as Abu Benjamin.

Aside from being involved in the Lamitan Siege, Benjamin also participated in the earlier Dos Palmas Resort raid in Palawan and kidnapping of the Jose Maria Torres
Memorial Hospital medical personnel, also in the same year.

Caber added that Benjamin and his cohorts also raided Saint Peter’s Church during their attack in Lamitan.

The warrant of arrest against Benjamin  was issued by the 9th Judicial Region Branch 1 Judge Leo Jay T. Principe.

He was brought to Zamboanga City for custodial debriefing and for proper disposition.

32nd Infantry Battalion commanding officer Lt. Col. Johnson Jemar D. Aseron said they are at all times supporting the local PNP in their law enforcement operations in the province.

“This success speaks (of) the strong partnership we have with our PNP counterparts and the civilian populace to win the peace,” he added.

1st Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III extolled all his men to do their utmost in eliminating the ASG threat.

“As I said, there shall (be) no let-up of pursuit operations against those responsible in the kidnappings and killings in Western Mindanao,” he added. (PNA)