Abu Sayyaf leader in Sulu jail and wanted by Esscom served another arrest warrant
Published on: Thursday, October 06, 2022
By: Zam Yusa
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Booking mugshot of Abu Sayyaf mid-level leader Abubakar Abdulkadil. (Photo: CIDG-Zamboanga Peninsula)
Booking mugshot of Abu Sayyaf mid-level leader Abubakar Abdulkadil. (Photo: CIDG-Zamboanga Peninsula)
Kota Kinabalu: An Abu Sayyaf mid-level leader and bombmaker in custody for kidnapping, homicide and bombing in the southern province of Sulu and wanted by Philippine and Malaysian authorities has been served with another arrest warrant, said an official.

Col. John Francis Encinareal, the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group–Zamboanga Peninsula director, in a statement, said the warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious unlawful imprisonment was served against Abubakar Abdulkadil, 35, on Saturday.

The warrant dated March 17, 2020 issued by a Jolo, Sulu court did not recommend bail.

Police arrested Abdulkadil on Sept. 7 at his hideout in San Raymundo village, Jolo.

He is currently being detained at the Sulu provincial jail in Patikul Town.

The police said Abdulkadil, based in Patikul, was involved in a series of kidnapping of Filipinos and foreigners as well as bombings.

He was tagged in the 2019 twin suicide bombing of the Jolo Cathedral by an Indonesian couple and in the Aug. 24, 2020 twin bombings in the same town.

Abdulkadil allegedly learned bombmaking from Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Mudzrimar Sawadjaan, who is also blamed for the two suicide bombing attacks and wanted by both the Philippines and Malaysia.

Both Abdulkadil and Sawadjaan are on the wanted list of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom).

Another two Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders, Bensito Quitino and Almujer Yadah, also on Esscom's wanted list, are also currently in custody in Sulu after they surrendered to the Philippine Army back in June.

With Abdulkadil, Quitino and Yadah neutralised, 17 active names of Filipinos remain on Esscom's wanted list. 

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