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Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

Published on Apr 23, 2014 7:48 PM
 
Freed captive Filipino-Algerian sisters Nadjoua and Linda Bansil clad in masturah and nijab veils are presented by their brother Mohammed Bansil (Second from Left) with military chief, Lieutenant General Rustico Guerrero (Left) during a briefing in a military camp in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines on February 21, 2014. Philippine forces on Wednesday arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine forces on Wednesday arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said.

Such cross-border kidnappings have become more common recently with militants from the lawless southern Philippines travelling to nearby Malaysia, where there are many dive resorts popular with foreign tourists.

Nabil Talahi Idjiran, a member of the Abu Sayyaf group who took part in one such raid on Malaysia's Sipadan island, was arrested in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga, said Colonel Andrelino Colina, head of a special anti-terror task force.

"He was one of the members of the group that kidnapped them (the 21 hostages)," Col Colina told AFP.

 
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