Three suspected Abu Sayyaf members arrested in Zamboanga City


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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 9 (PNA) –- Police arrested three suspected Abu Sayyaf members in a rented house in Zamboanga City at about 3:20 a.m. Friday.

Chief Supt. Billy Beltran of the Zamboanga regional police said Friday the three — Jamar Musa, 41; Omar Kumbing, 36; and Ahmad Tandih, 33, believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf’s Ajang-Ajang Group –- were arrested in a house near the motor pool of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) in Barangay Pasonanca here.

Beltran said that based on intelligence information, the suspects were tasked to conduct bombing operations in this city. Confiscated from them were a .38-caliber revolver with six live ammunition, two fragmentation grenades and two mobile phones.

He said the suspects are reportedly followers of the Ajang-Ajang Group led by Ben Saudi, one of the sub-leaders of the Abu Sayyaf Group based in Sulu.

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered intensified military operations against the Abu Sayyaf to crush the group, which has beheaded two Canadian and one Filipino hostages and is holding at least 10 more, including seven foreigners, in the hinterlands of Sulu. (PNA)

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