Troops foil kidnapping, capture Abu Sayyafs

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Monday, June 23, 2014

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A kidnapping plan was foiled after government forces arrested four suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in two separate raids in the city, military and police officials said Monday.

Arrested were: Sattar Abdulla alias Abu Sattar, the alleged financier; Jerry Intimani alias Jumong, the alleged team leader; Sammara Akbaw, spotter; and Gaber Masturan, speedboat operator.

Army’s 1st Infantry Division acting commander Colonel Aminkadra Undug said combined military and police operatives arrested Abdullah in a raid around 2:20 a.m. Sunday in the village of Tumalutab.

Tumalutab is one of the eight island villages located 40 kilometers east of the city.

Undug said that Abdullah is facing six-count kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges before the Sala of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 266 Judge Toribio Ilao Jr. in Pasay City and corresponding warrant was issued for his arrest.

He said Abdullah was taken to Camp Romeo Abendan that houses the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9).

Zamboanga City Police Officer-in-Charge Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro said the other three suspects were arrested in a raid Sunday evening in two safehouses at Sitio Caragasan in the village of Maasin, 13 kilometers west of the city.

Abu Sayyaf bandits arrested
ZAMBOANGA. Zamboanga City police officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro announces Monday that four Abu Sayyaf bandits were arrested in two separate raids. (Bong Garcia)

Casimiro said the combined police and military raiding team led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) confiscated from the suspects two .45 caliber pistols with ammunition, a fragmentation grenade and a speedboat powered by three engines.

Casimiro said the arresting team also recovered a sketch plant from the suspects’ possession indicating their targets for kidnapping.

Casimiro said one of the suspects’ targets to be kidnapped is the 12-year-old son of a shipyard owner in the village of Recodo, 14.45 kilometers west of the city, and a certain a businessman, who owns a chain of drugstores in the city.

Casimiro said they have placed the police forces on heightened alert as the military forces continue to pursue the Abu Sayyaf bandits who are holding captives some people, including two Zamboangueños in the province of Sulu.

He said it is aimed to prevent sympathizers of the Abu Sayyaf brigands to carry out diversionary attacks to divide the focus of the authorities.

Ten Abu Sayyaf bandits and seven soldiers were killed while 24 others were wounded in a clash last Thursday as the troops track down the bandits in the hinterlands of Patikul, Sulu.

The Abu Sayyafs are holding hostages some people, including the two Zamboangueños they seized last June 4 while working on a government water system project.

Casimiro said they have adopted security measures in coordination with the military forces in this city. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)

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