JOLO, Sulu — A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf group was arrested by combined units of police and military troops here Saturday.
Senior Superintendent Mario Buyuccan, director of Sulu Philippine National Police, identified the man as Samla Salihuddin.
Buyuccan said government forces were supposed to serve an arrest warrant for terrorist leader Alden Bagadi, who was sighted at Salihuddin’s residence in Zone 3, Barangay Tulay, Jolo.
Buyuccan said Bagadi was able to elude arrest. Authorities, however, recovered two M16 rifles, a number of ammunition, two sachets of shabu, and military paraphernalia inside Salihuddin’s house. They also seized a motorized banca from Salihuddin's property.
Bagadi has a standing arrest warrant for multiple murder.
Salihuddin, now facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and drugs, is currently undergoing tactical interrogation.