One terrorist group member captured in Philippines

19:29, November 03, 2010      

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Philippine combined police and military operatives captured a wanted Abu Sayyaf terrorist in Quezon City on Wednesday, a ranking police official said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Agrimero Cruz Jr. said Patta Hoyoy Jahal was arrested by joint elements of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER), the 300th Air Force Intelligence Security Group (AISG) and the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) in a village in Tandang Sora District of Quezon City at around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Jahal was involved in two different incidents of hostage taking. One was tagged in the abduction of 10 workers of the Golden Harvest Plantation in Basilan on June 11, 2001, and the other was a kidnapping of some civilians and nurses from the Dr. Jose Torres Hospital in Lamita on June 2, 2001.

Jahal is now detained at the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response headquarters in Camp Crame for proper documentation and disposition.

The Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, who is active in southern Philippines, was founded in the 1990s and has 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-Qaida, currently has about 400 members.

Source: Xinhua


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