Abu Sayyaf operative arrested in Malaysia – military

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday, September 3, said the right-hand man of an Abu Sayyaf senior leader was among two Filipinos arrested in Kuala Lumpur over alleged "involvement in terrorist activities" in the Malaysian capital. 

Hajar Abdul Mubin or Abu Asrie was arrested by the Royal Malaysian Police along with 6 Malaysians at Taman Desa Baiduri in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur last August.

AFP Public Affairs Office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo said Abu Asrie is the chief lieutenant of Furuji Indama, the notorious leader of the Abu Sayyaf faction in Basilan. 

On August 21, an Abu Sayyaf faction believed to be under Indama attacked a village in Maluso, Basilan, leaving 9 civilians dead and 10 others wounded. (READ: 9 civilians killed in Abu Sayyaf rampage in Basilan)

The second Filipino arrested was identified as Abraham Bin Ebong. His links, however, are still being determined.

"The arrest and detention of these individuals is a significant development in the government's security cooperation with Malaysia and other neighboring countries in Asia to curb terrorism including attempts to recruit new members or entice individuals to support terrorism or violent extremism," Arevalo said.  

The suspects will be facing charges in Malaysia, he added. – Rappler.com