TAWI-TAWI (Uly Israel / 28 Oct) – Security forces captured a suspected sub-leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in this southern Philippine island, a local government executive told the Mindanao Examiner.
The Abu Sayyaf man was arrested in Lamyon village in the capital town of Bongao last week.
Three more Abu Sayyaf members are being hunted in Tawi-Tawi for their involvements in the string of terror attacks in the troubled region.
The official did not give details about the captured terror leader, saying, it could jeopardize the ongoing military operation on the island.
The United States and the European Union have included the Abu Sayyaf on the list of foreign terrorists.
The Abu Sayyaf is believed to be hiding three members of the Jemaah Islamiah, the Southeast Asian conduit of the al-Qaeda terror network.
Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani, JI members Dulmatin and Umar Patek and some other foreign terrorists were the target of a military operation in the jungles of Jolo island since August 1.
The US State department has offered $10 million (Dh36.7 million) for the arrest of Dulmatin, $1 million (Dh3.67 million) for Janjalani, and $1 million for Patek. (Mindanao Examiner)