Philippine army arrests key Abu Sayyaf member

17:06, March 18, 2010      

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Philippine army has arrested a member of terrorist Abu Sayyaf group involved in the kidnapping of six members of the Jehovah's Witnesses about eight years ago, the military announced Thursday.

The suspect, Burrong Rasul Barro, was arrested by the 300th Air Intelligence Security Group shortly after disembarking from a passenger ferry at the Zamboanga City pier in south Philippines on Wednesday, the Air Force spokesman Gerardo Zamudio said Thursday.

Zamudio said Barro, who was positively identified by a government witness, is suspected of being involved in the 2002 kidnapping of the six victims, two of whom were beheaded.

The Philippines government has put up a reward of 350,000 pesos (7,692 U.S. dollars) for the neutralization of Barro, who is known to operate in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu area. He is listed No. 64 in the government's list of wanted Abu Sayyaf personalities.

"He is described by the army as a slippery criminal who has been eluding law enforcers by shuttling back and forth between Basilan, Zamboanga and Sulu," Zamudio said.

Source: Xinhua
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