Friday, July 2, 2010

Abu leader with P1.2-million bounty falls in Basilan

By Roel Pareño and Jaime Laude

The Philippine Star, Thursday, June 17, 2010

ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines – Marines raided
an Abu Sayyaf hideout in Lantawan, Basilan
yesterday and captured a suspected sub-leader
of the militant group, a military official said.

Lt. Gen. Ben Dolorfino, chief of the Armed Forces’
Western Mindanao Command, said the suspect, Kaiser
Said Usman, alias Kaiser Said, carried a bounty of
P1.2 million.

Dolorfino said the elements of the Marine Battalion
Landing Team 1 under Lt. Col. Fernando Gomez
captured Usman in his and his brother Algaber’s
safehouse in Sitio Kagiit, Barangay Bulan-Bulan
at around 2:30 a.m. yesterday. Algaber managed
to escape.

Usman was tagged in the kidnapping of mostly
foreign tourists in a Palawan resort in 2001.

The Usman brothers were among the more than 30
inmates who escaped from the Basilan provincial
jail last December.

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