One Abu Sayyaf member captured in S. Philippines

2012-11-24 08:11:15 GMT2012-11-24 16:11:15(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- A member of rebel group Abu Sayyaf was captured by joint security forces during a raid on Friday night at a remote village of the Southern Philippine city of Zamboanga, local military said Saturday.

According to Captain Alberto Caber, spokesman of army's 1st division, the captured suspect, identified as Walid Amping, is the fifth militant suspect arrested in the recent joint pursuit against the Abu Sayyaf by local police and military in Zamboanga and Basilan province.

Amping, also known as Alexander Antonio and Tuma, was arrested at Tulongatong, a village located in the west of the city about 11: 20 p.m. Friday, Caber said.

The spokesman added that the suspect, who has a standing warrant of arrest issued in July 2009 by the Pasig City court, was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of six people in August 2002, among whom two of the male victims were beheaded.

The Abu Sayyaf was founded in the 1990s and had since perpetrated a number of high-profile crimes, including kidnapping and bombing.

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