'Notorious' Abu Sayyaf bomber with ₱1.3 M bounty arrested in Basilan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 1) — Military and police have arrested a "notorious" Abu Sayyaf bomber with a ₱1.3 million bounty on his head, the military said Thursday.

Rahim Abdul, a.k.a. Aman Kabalu was nabbed in a joint operation by the Joint Task Force Basilan and police at Zone 1, Barangay Kampurnah, Isabela City, Basilan at around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, a press release from the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) said.

Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Brig. Gen. Juvymax Uy said Abdul was positively identified by a civilian before he was arrested. Authorities seized a fragmentation grenade from him.

Abdul was brought to the Basilan Provincial Police Office for proper disposition and legal procedures after his arrest.

The Department of National Defense (DND)/ Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Joint Order of Rewards has offered P1.3 million for Abdul's capture.

WesMinCom Commander Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr.,praised the Joint Task Force Basilan for a job well done. 

"My commendations to the Joint Task Force Basilan for the successful operation which led to the arrest of a notorious bomber," Galvez said.

He assured the public that the military will continue to keep guard and secure the country.

"Rest assured that our Joint Task Forces will continue to keep guard as they sustain the conduct of combat and intelligence operations in their joint area of operations in order to ensure peace and security in respective areas," he added.