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Philippine military confirms arrest of Abu Asrie

PETALING JAYA: The Armed Forces of the Philippines confirms that notorious Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Asrie and one other Filipino were arrested in Malaysia.
Philippines media reported the military's public affairs office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo as saying that Abu Asrie is the chief lieutenant of Furuji Indama, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf faction in Basilan.
The second arrested Filipino was identified as Abraham Ebong. His links, however, are still being determined.
"The arrest and detention of these individuals is a significant development in the government's security cooperation with Malaysia and other neighbouring countries in Asia to curb terrorism including attempts to recruit new members or entice individuals to support terrorism or violent extremism," Arevalo was quoted saying.
He added that the suspects will be facing charges in Malaysia.
The Star reported on Monday that the police arrested eight suspected Abu Sayyaf terror group militants in an operation in Cheras on the eve of National Day.
Abu Asrie, whose real name is Hajar Abdul Mubin, was arrested with Abraham, 29, and six Malaysians of Filipino descent from Sabah.
The 25-year-old Abu Asrie is believed to be a member of the Jolo-based Lucky 9 kidnap-for-ransom group with links to the Abu Sayyaf group based in jungles of Jolo and Basilan islands in southern Philippines.
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