MANILA, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Joint military and police operatives have
arrested a sub-leader of the violent bandit group Abu Sayyaf, who is believed to
be involved in the beheading of 10 navy soldiers in last July, the army said
The suspect, identified as Aramil Sulayman, was arrested last Saturday noon
in the town of Datu Odin in southern Philippines. Police Anti-Crime and
Emergency Response chief Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina said Sulayman,
who has a 500,000 pesos bounty for his head, has confessed participation in the
ambush of the Marine soldiers.
Fourteen soldiers were killed in an ambush in Basilan island this July when
government troops were ordered to upgrade the offensive against the Abu Sayyaf.
Among them ten were beheaded.
Founded in 1990s, Abu Sayyaf was an extremist rebel group based in southern
Philippine islands of Jolo and Basilan and had engineered a series of atrocities
in the past decade including the arson of a passenger ferry in Manila Bay which
killed more than 100 people.
Last year's beheading has prompted the government to step up combat efforts
and vows to tramp out the Abu Sayyaf, estimated to have around 380 members, by
the year 2010 when the incumbent president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo finished her