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NBI presents 2 Abu Sayyaf ‘terrorists’ from Zambo

The National Bureau of Investigation on Monday presented to the media two suspected members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group based in Zamboanga.

Hood Salvador Abdullah aka Jiking and Jimmy B. Sapih aka Bin Laden aka Assan were presented by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II who was accompanied by NBI Director Dante Gierran and Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald de la Rosa at the NBI Headquarters in Manila.

Aguirre lauded the joint operation which resulted in the arrest of the two by elements of the NBI Counter Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD), the PNP Regional Office 9 (PNP Pro9) and Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom)-based Naval Special Operations Group (Navsog).

“We are sending the message to terrorists that we are one in this campaign and we will not stop until we get all of them,” de la Rosa said.

Abdullah was implicated in a June 11,2001 incident in Brgy. Tairan, Lantawan Basilan where his group forcibly took employees of the Golden Harvest Plantation as well as the August 2002 kidnapping of Jehovah’s Witnesses members in Patikul, Sulu.

He is believed to be part of Furiji Indama’s strike group who beheads victims.

Aguirre explained Abdullah’s modus operandi was to pretend to be a security guard in a local motel. He was identified by victims and has known ties with other kidnap-for-ransom groups in Sacol Island, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay and Basilan provinces.

Sapih, who insists on his innocence and claims to be a Badjao fisherman, allegedly provided fast sea transport to terror groups through small boats with three engines. #