Thursday, June 10, 2021

Notorious Sayyaf kidnapper captured

PAGADIAN CITY – Police have captured a notorious Abu Sayyaf fighter being linked to the spate of ransom kidnappings in Zamboanga del Norte province following a raid on his hideout in Zamboanga City.

Police said Jasmin Amil was captured on June 9 in the village of Divisoria where he was tracked down. This was also confirmed by Major Shellamie Chang, the regional police spokeswoman, who said the operation that led to Amil’s arrest was “intelligence driven” and involved several units. 

She said the police forces that captured Amil had arrest warrants issued by Judge Anthony Isaw, of Regional Trial Court’s Branch 27 in Sirawai town. “He was arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest for four counts of kidnapping charges and serious illegal detention,” Chang said. 

Among the victims of Amil’s group were Filipino farmer Rex Triplet, who was kidnapped Sirawai town on September 16, 2020; business couple Helen and Rufo Roda, also kidnapped in the same town on August 31, 2018; farm caretakers Elsa and Feliciano Javier and their baby, Vincent; and couple Junior and Rica Javier, and their five-year old boy, Val in Sirawai town on June 28, 2018; and four other men - Jemar Duque, Roger Jung-an, Jojo Mantangan and Raymond Purisima in the same town on March 4, 2018. 

It was unknown whether Amil was planning another kidnapping or how long he had been hiding in Zamboanga City. He is currently under interrogation and police would not release further details of the investigation. (Mindanao Examiner)

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