Abu Sayyaf field commander captured in southern Philippines

A suspected commander of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was captured by government intelligence operatives in Nasilan province, southern Philippines, local media reported on Sunday.

Sketchy reports reaching the Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command on Sunday said that Annik Abbas, alias Abu Anek, one of the ASG commanders, was captured by the intelligence operatives while on his way to Sinangkalaan in Tuburan town Friday evening, according to a report by the Philippine News Agency.

The report said the unarmed ASG commander did not resist arrest when nabbed.

The arrested suspect allegedly figured in the beheading of American hostage Guillermo Sobero in June 2001.

Abbas was initially arrested but managed to escape from his prison cell in 2004 jailbreak in Basilan, military record disclosed.

The Abu Sayyaf is an Islamist terrorist separatist group based in and around the southern islands of the Philippines. The group has carried out bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and extortion in their fight for an independent Islamic state in western Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.

Since Aug. 1, the Philippine military has been sustaining its campaign against the Islamic militants dubbed "Oplan Ultimatum."

Source: Xinhua

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