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Hiding in plain sight: Abu Sayyaf member wanted for 2001 kidnapping arrested in QC

A wanted Abu Sayyaf (ASG) member facing charges for the 2001 kidnapping of workers in Golden Harvest Plantation has been arrested in Quezon City, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Eric Distor said on Wednesday (Sept. 15).

“NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Director Eric B. Distor identified the arrested subject as Albazir Abdulla y Hamsi a.k.a Abu Saif,” the NBI said in a statement.

The NBI Counter Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD) arrested Abdulla last Sept.10 in Salam Compound in Brgy. Culiat, Quezon City after having received information of his presence in the area.

“The arrested ASG member was then brought to NBI Detention Facility,” the bureau said.

Abdulla has been the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Basilan regional trial court (RTC) where he and his co-accused are facing charges for the 2001 kidnapping of 14 workers of the Golden Harvest Plantation in Basilan.

Two of those kidnapped got beheaded, while, the rest managed to escape on separate occasions.

“Director Distor added that due to continued monitoring, the NBI-CTD was able to track down and apprehend a number of ASG members who blended in the society,” the NBI said.

“He stressed that Subject Abu Saif is the 2nd member of the terrorist group, ASG, to be arrested this year,” it added.

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