PETALING JAYA: Filipino police and military have captured an Abu Sayyaf rebel involved in the kidnapping of two Malaysians and a South Korean in southern Philippines, said a report in The Mindanao Examiner.
It quoted officials as saying that they nabbed Saddam Jailani, a follower of Abu Sayyaf leader Alhabsi Misaya, at the port of Joho on Friday.
Jailani is said to be linked to the group that kidnapped Malaysians Bernard Then and Thien Nyuk Fun in May and South Korean Hong Nwi-seong in January.
Thien was released on Nov 8 but Then was beheaded on Nov 17.
Hong was found dead on Oct 31. He reportedly died of a severe illness while he was held as hostage.
Jailani is being held by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police.
The capture of Jailani came a day after Filipino troops seized six Abu Sayyaf automatic rifles in the village of Bonbon in Patikul town following a tip-off by civilians.
The Mindanao Examiner also reported the capture of two members – Menu Maganaka and Rex Bacana – of the rebel group Pentagon in Kabacan town in north Cotabato province.
It was reported that the authorities seized an automatic rifle and three .45-caliber pistols and 11 magazines from them.
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