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Abu Sayyaf core member arrested in Basilan checkpoint

Isabela City, Basilan (February 22) -- A core member of the Abu Sayyaf group, who was involved in the 2001 kidnapping incident in Dos Palmas Beach Resort, was arrested Friday morning at a joint military checkpoint in Lamitan City, this province.

The 1st Marine Brigade reported in a press statement that Ustadz Abubakar Muhaimen was arrested, as he passed through a military checkpoint in Barangay Bato. Muhaimen, who is also known as Muhaimen Latip and as Abu Muhaimen, was onboard a Honda Wave motorcycle bearing plate number JI 9764.

The press statement further said that Muhaimen has a standing warrant of arrest with Criminal Case No. 125323-II to 125342-II issued by the Regional Trial Court of the National Capital Judicial Regional Branch 69, Pasig City, for his involvement in kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom in the renowned Dos Palmas Beach Resort kidnapping incident.

The subject is now under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Zamboanga City.

The Commander of the 1st Marine Brigade, Brigadier General Eugenio N Clemen, congratulated the personnel of MBLT-1, 32nd IB, PA and CIDG9 for the latest crackdown against the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group. Despite the time lapsed, he said, the long arms of the law have finally caught up with the terrorist.

In the early 90's, Abdurajak Janjalani and other prominent ASG personalities formed the core group of the Al Harakatul Al Islamiya, now commonly known as the Abu Sayyaf Group, at Camp Almadina, Kapayawan, Lantawan, here in Basilan. (1MBde/PIA9-BST) [top]

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