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Philippine military erred in report of Sayyaf’s arrest 


ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Philippine military has corrected its report on a captured Abu Sayyaf militant in Zamboanga City, saying, the prime suspect in two previous kidnappings here had eluded arrest.

The Western Mindanao Command on Friday said security forces captured Wahid Pingli, alias Gafur, and that an automatic rifle was recovered from his hideout on Sacol Island just several nautical miles off Zamboanga.

Pingli was linked to the kidnappings of a local businessman Inocente Bautista in May 27, 2008 and Vicente Barrios on June 17, 2010. Police identified the suspect as Gafur Pingli.

The Abu Sayyaf previously bombed a karaoke bar in Zamboanga City that injured a policeman. (Mindanao Examiner)

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