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Philippine militants wanted for foreign kidnappings captured: Police

Published on Jun 17, 2014 7:00 PM

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine police said Tuesday they had arrested two Islamic militants involved in the high-profile kidnappings of an Australian and two Americans, just days after one of their leaders was captured.

The two members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group were caught in a raid on Monday at a fishing village about 30 minutes' drive from Zamboanga on Mindanao island, one of the biggest cities in the southern Philippines, local police said.

Jimmy Nurilla and Bakrin Haris are members of an Abu Sayyaf cell that has kidnapped foreigners and locals in recent years, Major Ariel Huesca, head of Zamboanga's anti-terror unit, told reporters.

He said they were involved in the kidnapping of Australian Warren Rodwell, who was released in March last year after 15 months' captivity in the remote jungles and farmlands of the south that are the Abu Sayyaf's strongholds. The militants had initially demanded $2 million for Rodwell's release, but are believed to have settled for far less.

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