Security forces chasing 44 Abu Sayyaf

SSecurity forces are in pursuit of 44 Abu Sayyaf members as intelligence operations continue to determine the bandit group’s links to regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah and rogue elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Senior Supt. Reginald Villasanta, Philippine National Police (PNP) Intelligence Group deputy chief, told reporters Tuesday the 44 were involved in the 2001 abduction of foreigners and locals from the Dos Palmas resort in Palawan and the March 29, 2000, kidnapping of teachers, students and priests in Sumisip, Basilan.

“Of course, there are still Abu Sayyaf leaders remaining. So aside from those high-value targets, we are also prioritizing efforts to arrest these 44 remaining members,” said Villasanta in a press conference in Camp Crame.

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