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Abu Sayyaf bomb expert and police companion arrested in Zamboanga.


A bomb expert of the Al-Qaida-linked terror group, and a police officer, his companion, were arrested by a joint police and military operation in the southern Philippines, a local paper said.

Rakib Janihul Jairi, also known as Abu Sulaiman, a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group, and his companion, Police Officer Asbi Sahibol, an active law enforcer posted at Hadji Motamad town, Basilan, were arrested in Zamboanga City on Friday, City Police director Senior Superintendent James Mejia told the Star in a belated report on Tuesday.

The report was confirmed, following secret pursuit operations that targeted other suspected terrorists in the south, Mejia said. He did not give details.

Jairi has a pending warrant of arrest for alleged involvement in a mass kidnapping in Tumahubong, Sumisip; including kidnapping of plantation workers in Tairan, Lantawan town in 2000 and 2001, said Mejias.

Authorities seized an improvised explosive device from Sahibol, said Mejias.

Following interrogations, Jairi reportedly admitted plans to bomb five targets during festivities in downtown areas.

Jairi was detained at a police camp in Zamboanga City. Sahibol was detained at the city police office.

Jairi underwent foreign training on demolition and sabotage and has been training Abu Sayyaf members in bomb making, intelligence reports said.

The Abu Sayyaf Group has been blamed for kidnap-for-ransom, bombings, beheadings, and other terror activities in the south. It has been blamed for the bombing of a commercial ferry that sank and killed a hundred in Manila Bay in 2004.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Oct 17, 2012
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