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Four Islamic militants captured in Philippines

Published on Jun 23, 2014 6:01 PM

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) - Security forces have captured four members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, including one accused of the 2002 kidnapping of Christian missionaries who were later beheaded, police said Monday.

It was the latest in a series of reported arrests of senior Abu Sayyaf men as operations against the group are intensified.

Three of the four were arrested in a coastal village near the port city of Zamboanga on Mindanao island on Sunday night, said city police chief Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro.

"We recovered from them documents of a plan to kidnap a local businessman and a son of a shipyard owner," Mr Casimiro said. "The plot was thwarted and we have heightened the security alert around the city," he said.

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