MANILA, Philippines – Government troops have arrested a suspected explosive expert and member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) with P1.3-M bounty on his head in Basilan on Tuesday, November 28, the military officials said on Thursday.
According to Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, Joint Task Force Basilan commander, Rahim Abdul alias Aman Kabalu was nabbed in a joint operation by soldiers and police around 3 pm in Barangay Kampurnah, Isabela City.
Abdul was one of the suspects behind the bombing of a public terminal in Kidapawan City. He is in the list of wanted criminals by the Department of Defense (DND) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with a P1.3-M bounty for his capture.
The suspect was apprehended after a civilian positively identified him. Abdul reportedly did not resist arrest and authorities recovered fragmentation grenade in his possession.
Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, commended the Joint Task Force Basilan for the capture of Abdul.
“Rest assured that our Joint Task Forces will continue to keep guard as they sustain the conduct of combat and intelligence operations in their joint area of operations in order to ensure peace and security in respective areas,” said Galvez.