Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Zambo City
MANILA, Philippines – An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member identified only as "alias Kim" was caught in Zamboanga City in a joint operation by members of the Regional Intelligence Unit 9 (RIU9), the military, Task Force Zamboanga, and local police on Saturday, May 3.
Kim was arrested on Mercado Street, Zamboanga City for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom filed under criminal case number 128923-H A to E. The alleged ASG member was reportedly involved in the Jehovah kidnapping case of 2002.
Six members of the Jehovah's Witnesses were abducted by suspected ASG members in August of that year while they were selling cosmetic products in Patikul, Sulu. Two of them were reported to have been beheaded while being held in captivity.
Those who were kidnapped were eventually rescued in Sulu in April 2003. In February 2013, the justice department ordered the release of those previously arrested for the kidnapping. Witnesses identified 8 out of the original 21 who were held. All of them denied involvement in the kidnapping-with-murder case.
The warrant of arrest for Kim was issued by Judge Toribio Ilao Jr of NCJR regional trial court branch 266 in Pasig City.
Kim was immediately brought to RIU9 Office, in Camp Batalla, Zamboanga City for documentation and proper disposition. – with a report by Richard Falcatan/Rappler.com