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Another Abu Sayyaf member arrested in QC

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ANOTHER MEMBER of the bandit Abu Sayyaf group and one of the suspects in the 2001 Golden Harvest Plantation kidnapping incident in Basilan was arrested in Quezon City last April 12. The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) arrested Abuhair Kulim Indal, alias Annual Dasil and Abu Khair, in his residence at Barangay Culiat. “He is respondent in seven separate criminal cases in connection with his participation in the kidnapping of 15 workers at Golden Harvest Plantation,” said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar D. Albayalde in a press briefing at Camp Crame, on Monday. The PNP noted that Mr. Indal is a subject of a warrant of arrest by the Regional Trial Court in Isabela City, Basilan. QCPD director Brig. Gen. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. said authorities got information on Mr. Indal’s location five weeks ago, but he could have been already been staying in Manila for a long time. He also said that the suspect was also charged for possession of explosives and for resistance and disobedience to person in authority. Mr. Albayalde said the suspect “attempted to resist arrest by running to his room to get a hand grenade.” Last February, police arrested another Abu Sayyaf member who is also a suspect in the Basilan kidnapping incident. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras