ASG member arrested in Bohol, only 1 more at large -- AFP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — One of the remaining Abu Sayyaf members in Bohol was arrested by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command (CENTCOM) on Thursday.

According to a statement by the CENTCOM, Saad Samad Kiram, who was referred to as a "lawless element," was caught in Barangay Tanawan, Tubigon, Bohol, around 7 a.m.

"Weakened by hunger and exhaustion, Samad was easily subdued by the arresting team who responded to the information provided by a tipster," added CENTCOM.

Authorities said they found him in possession of a calibre .45 pistol with two magazines and a hand grenade.

"When asked, Samad volunteered valuable information about their plan, composition and capabilities. His revelations confirm the dissolution of the threat in the Province of Bohol," the statement said.

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AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the arrest of Samad has left only one Abu Sayyaf member in Bohol.

"Kung ating susumahin batay dun sa tatlong hinahabol natin at ang paniniwala natin na isa dun ay maaring pumanaw na dahil sa over-exposure sa elements, isa na lang ang maaring natitira ngayon," Padilla said.

[Translation: Of the three, one may have died and the other is missing.]

He disclosed that Samad was arrested through what he calls "cooperative and collective security," and lauded the citizens' help in the arrest.

"Meron pong pinasok na mga kabahayan at ang atin pong kababayan dun sa barangay na yun ang siyang nagbigay po ng impormasyon sa ating kapulisan," Padilla explained.

[Translation: We entered some houses in the barangay and the residents gave information to the police.]

Samad was among the Abu Sayyaf members who sneaked into Bohol last Holy Week, who engaged in deadly multiple firefights with government forces.

Meanwhile, Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza, who married Abu Sayyaf bomb expert Reneer Lou Dongon, claimed they were attempting to rescue Abu Sayyaf member "Saad" in an attempt to gain the rebel group's trust and extract information for the government.

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