Police nab alleged Abu Sayyaf member in Binondo

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Posted at Dec 22 2018 02:18 PM | Updated as of Dec 22 2018 02:19 PM

Police arrested suspected Abu Sayyaf group member Sudais Sali Asmad in Binondo, Manila Friday night. Photos from the National Capital Region Police Office's Regional Special Operations Unit

Police arrested suspected Abu Sayyaf group member Sudais Sali Asmad in Binondo, Manila Friday night. Photos from the National Capital Region Police Office's Regional Special Operations Unit

Police arrested suspected Abu Sayyaf group member Sudais Sali Asmad in Binondo, Manila Friday night. Photos from the National Capital Region Police Office's Regional Special Operations Unit

MANILA - Police on Friday arrested an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Binondo district here for abduction cases filed against him more than 10 years ago. 

An initial police report said Sudais Sali Asmad, 25, was arrested at 10:05 p.m. Friday in a joint operation of the National Capital Region Police Office's Regional Special Operations Unit and the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group on Elcano Street.

Police served him a January 2008 arrest warrant for seven cases of kidnapping and serious illegal detention pending in a Basilan court.

Operatives recovered a caliber .45 pistol with one magazine loaded with 5 bullets, the report said. 

Police said Asmad is a member of the bandit group "under the umbrella of the Daulah Islamiyah under the group of Furuji Indama."

Daulah Islamiyah, an organization linked to the terror group Islamic State, includes the Maute family, whose members were behind the 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017. 

Police said Asmad "served as the liason and escort" and "guide of Balik Islam," or those converting into the Islamic faith, from Luzon to Basilan. 

"Accordingly, he stayed in Manila to receive financial support from the sympathizers of the Daulah Islamiyah," the report read.