Key member of Abu Sayyaf nabbed in S. Philippines: military

13:40, July 24, 2011      

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Philippine security forces captured Saturday a suspected key member of the Abu Sayyaf group in the country's restive south, a military official said Sunday.

Kanneh Malikilivo, a hardcore of Abu Sayyaf involved in the 2001 Lamitan siege, was arrested in the township of Sumisip in Basilan province, said regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, adding a handgun was recovered from the suspect.

Malikilivo has a standing arrest warrant for his alleged involvement in the June 2, 2001 mass hostage taking at the Don Jose Torres Memorial Hospital in Lamitan City, Basilan.

The Abu Sayyaf, active in southern Philippines, was founded in the 1990s and has perpetrated a number of high-profile attacks, including kidnapping, bombing and beheading.

The Philippine military estimates the Abu Sayyaf, which has links with external terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, currently has less than 400 members.

Source: Xinhua
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