COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 12, 2011) – Philippine authorities said a local militant with links to the Indonesian terror group Jemaah Islamiya was captured Tuesday afternoon in Sultan Kudarat province on the southern island of Mindanao where he is being interrogated, officials said.
Officials said policemen, backed by army troops, captured Abi Pamanay at around 2.45 p.m. in the town of Isulan. “Abi Pamanay was arrested based on two warrants for cases of murder, multiple frustrated murder and multiple attempted murder,” Army Major Marlowe Patria, a spokesman for the 6th Infantry Division, told the Mindanao Examiner.
He did not give details of the operations that led to the capture of Pamanay, but other military reports claimed the militant has ties with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group called the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Pamanay is also an explosives expert and had been tagged in previous bombings of civilian targets in Mindanao.
“He is a suspected bomber and has links with Jemaah Islamiya,” the spokesman said.
Filipino authorities have in the past link the Jemaah Islamiya and Al-Qaeda to the MILF, but rebel leaders had repeatedly denied the allegations, although admitted that some of its rogue commanders may have ties with the terrorist groups in the past.
The military said some rebel leaders harbored or had provided sanctuary to foreign militants in Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner)