ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 21, 2010) – Security forces captured a member of the militant Abu Sayyaf group blamed for the spate of terrorism and kidnappings in the southern Philippines, officials said on Tuesday.
Officials said Abu Isaac did not resist arrest when he was cornered at the city’s central market on Monday afternoon. “Isaac is facing charges of kidnappings and serious illegal detention in Basilan province,” said Army Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a regional military spokesman.
It was unknown whether Isaac was planning a terror attack or kidnappings, but the spokesman said the militant is being interrogated at an air force base in Zamboanga City.
No details were made available by the military about the background of Isaac, but the Abu Sayyaf had previously bombed civilian targets in Zamboanga City and had kidnapped wealthy trader and foreigners in the past.
The Abu Sayyaf, tied by authorities to the Al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiya, is still holding a Japanese national, two Filipino trader and a Filipino-Chinese student in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)