ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / September 18, 2009) – Security forces arrested an Abu Sayyaf militant in his hideout in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, officials announced on Friday.
Officials said soldiers and policemen arrested Suhudi Ocenyo Jawani alias Abu Masib and Ibno Madja in the village of Mampang.
“He is facing four counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention,” said Major Ramon David Hontiveros, a spokesman for the military’s Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City.
No other details were made available about Jawani except that he was arrested on Wednesday by a joint team of military and police.
A local radio network, dzRZ-Radyo Agong which quoted unnamed police sources reported that Jawani was also implicated in past bombings in Zamboanga City.
Last week, security forces also arrested an Abu Sayyaf militant, Almujahid Susukan, on charges of kidnappings.
Susukan, a sub-leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, is the brother of militant leaders Jawawi and Mujiv Susukan, who were both killed in separate military operations in Sulu province the past years.
Susukan was implicated in the kidnappings of 21 Asian and European holidaymakers from the Malaysian island-resort of Sipadan in 2000. Susukan was a former fighter of the Moro National Liberation Front who joined the army, but later deserted his unit and joined the Abu Sayyaf.
He was previously arrested by the military in Sulu province, however, it was unclear whether Susukan had been freed or escaped or working with the armed forces as a spy.
Many of arrested Abu Sayyaf had been used by the military as a spy, often working for bounties offered by the Philippine and US governments for the capture of known militant leaders in Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner)