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Sipadan kidnapping suspect  held in  Zamboanga
Published on: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported Tuesday the arrest of Abu Sayyaf member Abdullah D Addi for his involvement in the abduction of 21 hostages at Sipadan Island resort in Sabah, Malaysia in 2000.

Addi and his companions brought the hostages to the group’s base in Jolo, Sulu .

NBI sources said Addi was also blamed for the abduction of three Indonesian sailors off Sabah waters in 2002.

He was arrested in Zamboanga City last month based on a warrant for kidnapping and serious illegal detention, the report said.

According to NBI officials, another Abu Sayyaf member identified as Aluyudan Ismael Guru was also nabbed for the same criminal offences last Thursday in Panay City in Manila.

He was said to have been recognized as a guard by one of the victims of the Golden Harvest Plantation kidnapping in 2001.

NBI said the suspect was involved in the Marawi Siege in 2017 and was tapped to help the “largely ethnic Yakan group” of former Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon enter Marawi City.

Abu Sayyaf has used terror for profit and to promote its jihadist agenda, according to the US National Counterterrorism Center.

It engages in kidnappings for ransom, bombings, assassinations and extortions. – Nikko Fabian


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