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Southeast Asia
Commander Abu Sanny Captured in S. Philippines
Security forces have captured yesterday an Abu Sayyaf leader allegedly involved in the kidnapping and killing of several hostages in the southern Philippines five years ago. Officials said Burham Sali, also known as Commander Abu Sanny, was cornered in an early morning raid by soldiers and policemen on a "terrorist hideout" in the village of Facoma in Parang town, Maguindanao province.

Maj. Gen. Agustin Dema-ala, the commander of the army's 6th Infantry Division based in Maguindanao, said security forces raided the hideout after a weeklong surveillance. "The arrest of Sali is part of our continuing operation against the terrorists. Let this be a warning to the others that there is no escape from the long arm of the law," Dema-ala said.
Posted by:Fred