Three suspected Abu Sayyaf members arrested

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 15) — Three suspected Abu Sayyaf Group members were apprehended by authorities in a series of operations that lasted for three weeks.

According to the National Bureau of Investigation- Counter Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD), separate operations took place in Maharlika Village Taguig, Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila and Kawit, Cavite which led to the capture of Ibnus Isa, Amerudin Parasan, and Abdel-Amin Bandahala who have been under surveillance for five to six months.

All of the suspects have standing arrest warrants for multiple counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention for a series of kidnappings carried out in Basilan and Sulu from 2001 to 2002, the NBI added.

NBI-CTD chief Raoul Manguerra said the suspects communicated visa social media, which was how authorities were able to track them down.

"With the combined efforts of the NBI, SPD (Southern Police District) and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), we effected the arrest on September 27, 2019. Then the succeeding arrests were also the result of continuous surveillance against these alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf," Manguerra said

The suspects are now being held at the NBI detention facility.