Philippine military captures Abu Sayaff fugitive in Metro Manila

19:26, March 30, 2010      

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Philippine Air Force (PAF) intelligence operatives have captured another Abu Sayaff terrorist in the country's capital Metro Manila, the military said on Tuesday.

Toto Sali, an Abu Sayaff terrorist involved in the June 2001 Golden Harvest Plantation kidnapping in the southern island province of Basilan, was captured shortly before 5 o'clock in the Tuesday afternoon in his hideout in the densely populated Muslim community of Barangay Culiat in Quezon City.

PAF spokesman Lt. Colonel Gerardo M Zamudio Jr said that the arrested terrorist has a standing warrant of arrest issued by Judge Leo Jay Principe of the Regional Trial Court Branch 1, 9th Judicial Region based in Basilan in connection with criminal cases of kidnapping and illegal detention arising from said kidnapping incident.

Sali, who was positively identified by a victim who also witnessed the kidnapping, will be committed to a court by the military.

The Abu Sayyaf was founded in the 1990s and had since perpetrated a number of high-profile attacks, including kidnapping and bombing. The Philippine military estimates the Abu Sayyaf, which has links with internal terrorist organizations, has about 400 members at present.

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