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March 30, 1995, Filipino Reporter, Abu Sayyaf top guns are captured, by Marilyn Abalos,

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March 30, 1995, Filipino Reporter, Abu Sayyaf top guns are captured, by Marilyn Abalos, 461 words 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced the capture of several top leaders of the notorious Abu Sayyaf group led by the younger brother of Abu Sayyaf chieftain Ustadz Abubakar Abdulrajak Janjalani.

In a press conference held at Camp Crame, Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Rafael Alunan III identified those arrested by combined police and Marine agents as Khadaffi Monato Janjalani, younger brother of Ustadz Abubakar; Juvenal Bruno aka Jove Brunoreportedly the No. 2 man of the Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu; Yasin Sali Ibno Kamar, finance officer and brother-in-law of Abu Sayyaf chieftain Janjalani, Benfar NuraniEdris Jal and Balling Samlah.

According to Alunan, the six ranking Abu Sayyaf were intercepted last March 1 at the Marine checkpoint at Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu by the elements of the 2nd Marine brigade headed by Col. Ponciano Millena.

Alunan added that the six were arrested after the release of the five government surveyors of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) last Feb. 28 in Sumisip, Basilan.

Alunan said that the five government surveyors were released unharmed by their abductors through the negotiation efforts of both Sulu Gov. Tupay Loong and former Rep. Sakur Tan of Sulu.

The arrested Abu Sayyaf members were presented to media as Secretary Alunan said that cases of kidnapping with ransom will be filed against them in Sulu.

Also, PNP chief Director-General Recaredo Sarmiento announced the formal surrender of Edwin Angeles, Abu Sayyaf chief or operations and political affairs officer and five of his followers with several high powered firearms last Feb. 21, in Jolo, Sulu.

Sarmiento said that the surrender of Angeles, who is listed in top 20 most wanted persons in the PNP order of battle, was made possible through the efforts of ex-Rep. Tan in close coordination with the PNP.

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