Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 November) – Government forces have arrested Thursday a security guard suspected of being an Abu Sayyaf Group member at a wharf here, a top police official disclosed.

Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga City Police Office director, identified the arrested suspect as Rael Muharibil Jumadil, alias Abu Mursan, a native of Barangay Bakkaan, Banguingui, Sulu.

Casimiro said Jumadil is employed by a private security firm and detailed as security guard of M/V Stephanie Marie that plies the Zamboanga City-Basilan route via Isabela City.

He said that Jumadil was arrested by combined police and military operatives at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday aboard the vessel docked at the local wharf.

Casimiro said a warrant of arrest for kidnap-for-ransom has been issued against the suspect by a court in Isabela City, Basilan.

Seized from Jumadil’s possession were a shotgun, a caliber .38 revolver with ammunition, and identification cards “of different persons.”

Jumadil, who was placed under police custody, denied he is a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group. (MindaNews)