Security forces arrested an Abu Sayyaf member tagged in the 2009 kidnapping of a businessman later beheaded in Basilan, during an operation in Zamboanga City, police reported.
Policemen and soldiers arrested Abdulhakim Nasalon in Brgy. Curuan, around 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to a report from the Zamboanga Peninsula regional police.
Intelligence operatives, backed by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the Army’s 74th Infantry Battalion, carried out the arrest on a warrant issued by the Zamboanga City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom.
Nasalon, listed as the number 1 most wanted person in the city, is allegedly a member of the Zamboanga-based urban terrorist group under Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Marzan Ajijul.
The arrest warrant issued against him by the court stemmed from the kidnapping of Doroteo Gonzales in April 2009.
Gonzales, a businessman residing in Brgy. Buenavista, Zamboanga City, was abducted by about 11 armed men from his home and brought to Basilan where the Abu Sayyaf was then holding at least five other hostages.
His head was found in Brgy. Mangalut, Akbar town, the following month, according to police and military records.
Gonzales was beheaded after his family failed to pay the P25 million which his captors demanded for his release, police said.
Authorities had said that different groups of men carried out the surveillance on Gonzales, the actual abduction, his detention, and negotiations with his family.