Posted by: JWP | 12/17/2009

Terrorist Abu Sayyaf co-founder arrested

(UPDATE) Abu Sayyaf co-founder arrested: Philippine government

Agence France-Presse | 12/16/2009 6:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government announced Wednesday one of the co-founders of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremist group had been arrested after being detained at Jakarta airport using a false passport.

Indonesian authorities picked up Abdul Basir Latip on November 21, but he was only brought back to Manila on Wednesday, said Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) spokesman Ricardo Diaz.

The NBI said Latip was a founding member of the Abu Sayyaf and had worked with its spiritual leader, Khadaffy Janjalani, who the Philippine military killed in 2006.

Daiz said Latip served as a conduit of funds between Al-Qaeda leaders in Saudi Arabia and the Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim militant group blamed for the Philippines’ worst terror attacks.

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