ASG MEMBER NABBED IN MANILA
MANILA -- Police and military troops arrested a member of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who they said was involved in the Kidapawan bus terminal bombing the left seven persons dead and two dozen others wounded in October 2012.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head, Director Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday said suspect Abdurahman Mataud Daiyung was arrested in Ermita in Manila on Sunday morning.
Daiyung has a standing arrest warrant for kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with his active participation in the ASG's 2001 kidnapping of 15 employees of Golden Harvest Plantation in Barangay Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan, led by the late Isnilon Hapilon.
The local court will be duly informed of the arrest in the procedural return of warrant process as soon as documentation and debriefing are completed.
Eleazar said Daiyung’s arrest stemmed from the information provided to the police by Sudias Asmad, 25, another suspect in the kidnapping of the plantation employees.
Asmad was arrested in Binondo, Manila on December 20.
Eleazar said Asmad and Daiyung were both positively identified by their victims as among those who held them.
He said they have yet to obtain information on the possible involvement of the two suspects in any terror plot in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Eleazar, however, clarified that there is nothing to worry about the arrest of several ASG members in the region.
"There is nothing alarming because Abu Sayyaf has active and inactive members. They also have sympathizers and supporters. Right now, we are determining whether he is an active member because our basis for his arrest is the warrant of arrest for a case that happened a long time ago," he told reporters in a press briefing in Camp Crame.
While they have yet to determine how many ASG members are in Metro Manila, Eleazar assured that the police are gathering information to foil any terror plot. (PNA)