Wednesday, March 02, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 2, 2011) – Security agents have arrested an Abu Sayyaf militant linked to a series of kidnappings and terrorism in the southern Filipino town of Jolo, officials said on Wednesday.
Officials said Sali Said was captured at a pier on Tuesday after long military intelligence operations.
“Sali Said is a member of the Abu Sayyaf’s urban terrorist group under Jamiri Jawhari in Sulu province and he is involved in numerous kidnappings and bombings and killings of military and police personnel in the province,” said Army Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a regional military spokesman.
He said Said’s group was behind an attack at a marine base and the burning of a school and construction equipment in Sulu in 2009. The Abu Sayyaf was also tagged as behind the ambush of a police convoy, killing the provincial police commander, Senior Superintendent Julasirim Kasim and several others in the town of Maimbung.
Other reports said the militant was one of those who kidnapped a television reporter Ces Drilon in Sulu in 2008. Militants intercepted Drilon and her two cameramen Jimmy Encarnacion and Angelo Valderama, including their guide Professor Octavio Dinampo while pursuing an exclusive story about the Abu Sayyaf which authorities said has links also with the Indonesian militant group called Jemaah Islamiya.
Drilon works for the television giant ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation while Dinampo teaches Political Science at the Mindanao State University. They were released several weeks later after private negotiators reportedly paid huge ransom to the Abu Sayyaf. (Mindanao Examiner)