ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 13, 2011) – Philippine military officials said an Abu Sayyaf militant wanted for a string of criminalities was captured on Wednesday off Zamboanga City.
Officials said Mohammad Gaddung, who escaped from jail in nearby Basilan province in 2009, was arrested at around 2 p.m. while on a small boat near Santa Cruz Island. “Gaddung is being interrogated by authorities,” Army Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, told the Mindanao Examiner.
He did not give details of the operations that led to the arrest of the militant, but said Gaddung has a P500,000 bounty for his capture.
Gaddung was among three dozen prisoners, mostly Abu Sayyaf fighters, who escaped from jail after more than 100 gunmen stormed the facility. The daring raid on the jail in the capital city of Isabela left two people dead.
On July 2007, at least 16 hardened criminals, including four Abu Sayyaf militants, escaped from the same prison after destroying the windows in their cell. And in April 2004, at least 53 of the more than 130 prisoners at the provincial jail, including 19 militant, also escaped using a smuggled .45-caliber pistol which they used in overpowering the guards. (Mindanao Examiner)