Abu Sayyaf sub-leader escaped from S. Philippine jail recaptured

08:59, June 17, 2010      

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A suspected high- ranking Abu Sayyaf terrorist who spearheaded a prison breakout in southern Philippines last year was re-asserted by authorities on Wednesday, the military said.

Kaiser Said Usman alias Kaiser Said was apprehended following a raid by marine troops of a suspected Abu Sayyaf hideout in Bulan- bulan village, Lantawan town, in Mindanao's island province of Basilan, Steffani Cacho, spokesperson of the military's Western Mindanao Command, told Xinhua in a text message.

Operating troops of the 1st Marine Battalion Landing Team swooped down on the suspect's hideout at around 5:25 a.m., Cacho said.

"The suspect has standing arrest warrants for various crimes and is also an escapee during the December 2009 Basilan jailbreak" in which two persons were killed, Cacho said, adding troops also recovered from Usman an M-16 assault rifle, a rifle grenade and several documents.

The military official said the arrested suspect carries a 1.2 million peso (25,000 U.S. dollars) reward on his head.

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

Last week alone, the group executed six civilians it had abducted in the mountains of Basilan.

Source: Xinhua


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