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Philippine Muslim militant leader on FBI's most wanted list

MANILA -- A senior commander of a Muslim militant group blamed for some of the worst terrorist attacks in the Philippines has been included in the most wanted list of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Philippine military said Thursday.

Radullan Sahiron, a leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebel group, is the second Filipino suspect to be included on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists list, the military said. The other Filipino is Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon.

According to the FBI announcement, Sahiron is believed to be the overall head of the Abu Sayyaf on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila. He has been indicted in a US court for the kidnapping of a US missionary on Jolo in November 1993.

The US State Department has offered a 1-million-dollar bounty for information that would lead to Sahiron’s arrest.

Colonel Orlando de Leon, a commander of Philippine marine forces in Jolo, said it was hoped that Sahiron’s inclusion on the FBI list would help boost efforts to arrest and prosecute him.

“The FBI is working on a legal framework to bring him to justice, which is an additional tool,” he said. “We are also working to arrest him so all efforts are towards that.”

The Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for numerous bomb attacks and high-profile kidnapping cases involving foreign hostages in the Philippines. It is believed to have links with al-Qaeda and the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah. dpa gal ses Author: Girlie Linao

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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