ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police captured a notorious Abu Sayyaf bomber in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines where he was hiding after escaping military operations in the restive region.
Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, a regional police spokeswoman, said Abdulham Ataram was captured Plaza Pershing, just several blocks away from City Hall, and he is being linked to the October 2007 bombing in Kidapawan City and a string of criminal charges in Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region.
Ataram was also accused of kidnapping and beheading over a dozen Christian coconut farmers in Basilan in June 2001.“He is facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention, murder, multiple frustrated murders and multiple attempted murders,” among other crimes,” said Galvez.
Police said the militant is also a member of the Abu Sayyaf’s Special Operations Group, blamed for the spate of bombings in the southern region. It was unknown how Ataram managed to flee Basilan and hide in Zamboanga.
He is currently being interrogated by the police to determine whether they are planning a terror attack or is any of his companions are also hiding here. “The arrested person now under the custody of Regional Intelligence Unit 9,” Galvez said. (Mindanao Examiner)
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