Philippines arrests suspect in deadly Malaysian raid

2014-08-27 14:03

(http://www.shutterstock.com)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Manila - Philippine police said Wednesday they had arrested a Filipino Islamic militant suspected of taking part in at least one deadly kidnapping raid on a Malaysian diving resort island.

Hundreds of members of a police special force unit were deployed to arrest Abu Sayyaf member Mobin Hailil at a remote village in the Tawi-Tawi archipelago near the Malaysian sea border on Tuesday, they said.

"When local police located him we were called in because they knew members of his clan would fight back," Filipino police special forces director Getulio Napenas told AFP.

The suspect, a Tawi-Tawi native and a "leader" of Abu Sayyaf members based on the island, did not resist arrest but a loaded handgun and a grenade were seized from him, Napenas added.

A Filipino police statement said Hailil, also known as Kahumbo, was "involved in kidnapping and killings" on the Malaysian resort island of Mabul, about 150km from Hailil's Tawi-Tawi home.

However, it did not provide details of his alleged crimes. National police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Reuben Sindac could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

A policeman was killed and a second officer kidnapped by heavily armed men in the diving resort, off Borneo island, on 12 July, Malaysian security officials have reported.

Terrorist attacks

The Star, a Malaysian newspaper, on Wednesday quoted unnamed Malaysian intelligence sources as saying Hailil might have been responsible for that attack, as well as other kidnappings in the area.

The July shooting was the latest in a spate of kidnapping raids in the remote Malaysian state of Sabah, home to some of the world's top diving sites, in violence that has hurt the local tourism industry.

In June, Filipino gunmen seized a Malaysian fish breeder and his Filipino worker from their farm in Sabah. They have not yet been freed.

In May a Chinese fish farm manager was abducted from his farm, while in April a female Chinese tourist and a Filipino resort worker were abducted. All three were released.

Authorities did not disclose if ransoms were paid of the trio, but the kidnappers had demanded money in exchange for their release.

The Abu Sayyaf is a small gang of Islamic militants blamed for the Philippines' worst terrorist attacks, but nowadays mostly survives through kidnappings for ransom and extortion.

Founded in the 1990s with seed money from al-Qaeda, it is believed to be holding several foreign hostages on the southern Philippine island of Jolo, including two European bird watchers and a Japanese man.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  malaysia  |  philippines

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.