By Arwen Pascua
MANILA – An Abu Sayyaf sub-leader was arrested by police intelligence operatives backed up by Special Action Force on December 12 in Barangay Matatahm Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan.
According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Debold Sinas, Hadji Faisal Abdulkarim, 67, was captured during a counter-terrorism operation by the PNP-IG, PNP-SAF, PRO-BAR, Maritime Group, and CIDG in Barangay Matataharound.
Abdulkarim was the subject of two separate arrest warrants issued by Hon. Danilo M. Bucoy, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 2 of Isabela City, Basilan for murder and multiple arson.
He was the primary suspect in the murder of Barangay Chairman Naber Usani in 2014, and the burning of several houses in Brgy Bulo-Bulo, Sumisip, Basilan in 2004.
Sinas commended the PNP units involved in the operation for this major accomplishment in implementing the national campaign against terrorism and criminality.
“Despite the risks involved, the arresting team accomplished the mission, put away a dangerous criminal, kept the community safe, and made the PNP proud,” he said.
Based on PNP records, Abdulkarim is a sub-leader of the ASG-Dawlah Islamiyah Basilan Group operating under ASG leader Radzmil Jannatul, who succeeded the deceased Furuji Indama.
The raiding team confiscated three Daniel Defense assault rifles, a sniper scope, 356 rounds of live 5.56mm ammunition, an M203 grenade launcher, 13 live rounds of 40mm grenade ammunition from the Abdulkarim. Sinas said,
Wounded Abu Sayyaf fighters from Sulu were treated in Abdulakrim’s makeshift medical station in Basilan, where arresting operatives also found assorted medical supplies. (AI/FC/MTVN)