ZAMBOANGA - A suspected leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Auxiliary Threat Group (ATG) was arrested in Zamboanga City Friday morning, the military reported.
Mhadie Umangkat Sahirin, also known as Madie, was arrested while walking along Barangay Tubungan.
According to Joint Task Group-Basilan, the arrest was a result of the group's relentless effort to track him down.
Sahirin is wanted on charges of murder and frustrated murder after being tagged in the murder of civilians and the frustrated murder of soldiers at Barangay Upper Cabengbeng in Sumisip, Basilan.
Sahirin is believed to be the leader of lawless elements in Sapah Bulak, Sumisip in Basilan, with more or less 20 followers.
He is a former member of the Abu Sayyaf Group under Furuji Indama. At present, he is affiliated with Indama and Abas Alam.
He also allegedly participated in the ambush of government forces along Basilan Circumferential Road using improvised explosive devices (IED). He is also responsible for a series of car theft, IED bombings, and burning of government construction equipment in the province.