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Drug suspect linked to Abu Sayyaf—intel

INTELLIGENCE reports have confirmed the link of an arrested drug suspect in Quezon City to the Abu Sayyaf Group, an official said Wednesday.

Sr. Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar of the Quezon City Police District said Juraid Sahiddun, who was arrested as a maintainer of a shabu den at the Culiat Salaam compound on Sept. 16, had been using different names to hide his criminal records in Basilan.

He made his statement even as the military said  12 local and foreign hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group were still waiting to be rescued in Sulu.

The military also said a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf was arrested in Talipao town on Tuesday.     Sahiddun, or Sahibul Sailani or Juraid Sahibul, was involved in the mass abduction of 15 Golden Harvest Coconut Plantation workers in Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan in June 2001 at the height of the Dos Palmas kidnapping incident, Eleazar said. 

He said he was also involved in the series of encounters and ambuscades against pursuing military forces and the planting of several land mines in a road network in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, to blow up armored vehicles.

He said the suspect and other members of the Abu Sayyaf were put under surveillance after they took refuge with relatives and friends in Metro Manila. 

Sahibul has a standing warrant of arrest for his involvement in the Tairan abduction in 2001.

He is facing drug charges before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

On Sept. 16, authorities raided the Salaam compound that led to the arrest of 145 drug suspects including Sahiddun. Rio N. Araja and Florante S. Solmerin

Topics: Abu Sayyaf Group , Drug suspect Juraid Sahiddun , Sr. Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar
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