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Military, police capture ASG bomb expert-leader, follower in Basilan

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES • 06:27 AM Sat Jul 2, 2016

ZAMBOANGA CITY(PNA) –- Joint military and police operatives have captured two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands, including an explosive expert and an ASG mid-level leader in the province of Basilan, a military official announced Friday.Arrested were Mudzrih Abih Adjalan alias Idol, and a certain Yasir, according to Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesman.Tan said Adjalan and Yasir were arrested by joint military and police operatives during a law enforcement operation around 5:15 a.m. Friday in Sitio Nangka-Nangka, Barangay Sungkayot, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan province.Tan said Adjalan, a mid-level ASG leader, is well-trained in manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and is involved in the conduct of surveillance for probable targets of several bombing incidents in this city and in the cities of Isabela and Lamitan, both in Basilan.He said Adjalan was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention. Yasir is an ASG follower.He said Adjalan is responsible for the killings on June 25, 2013 of two residents of Lamitan City namely Godofredo Oraw Jr. and Homer Dela Fuente.He said the military and police forces continue to exhaust all efforts to neutralize the ASG in the province of Basilan. (PNA)

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