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6 Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in various locations

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THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested six alleged members of the Abu Sayaff Group in separate operations conducted in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City. The six were identified as Azmier G. Maalum, also known as “Totong Aling;” Amar S. Assan (Abu Sonny); Musa Tahil Sampang (Hadji Ramon Gonzales, Hadji Butah); Jamil A. Ibrahim (Malangka Dawasa); Yong H. Aming (Jamal Taib), and Majuk Tahil Amil (Enjie, Ejemal). NBI Assistant Director for Intelligence Service Eric C. Distor said the bureau has arrested nine alleged members of the kidnap-for-ransom group since January. Mr. Maalum, who has standing warrants of arrest for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention over the 2001 Golden Harvest Kidnapping case, was nabbed in Taguig on May 16 along with Mr. Assan. Further investigation by the NBI showed that Mr. Assan was also involved in the Golden Harvest Kidnapping. Mr. Assan also told the whereabouts of Mr. Sampang, also involved in the 2001 kidnapping incident, who was arrested on May 20 in Balanga City Bataan. NBI said reports showed that Mr. Sampang is also involved in the Dr. Torres Memorial Hospital kidnapping in Lamitan, Basilan and bombings in the province. The three others were arrested in Zamboanga. Messrs. Ibrahim and Aming are allegedly involved in the Golden Harvest Kidnapping while Mr. Amil has an arrest warrant over the 2002 Jehova’s Witnesses Kidnapping in Patikul, Sulu. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas