A Malaysian suspected of being a member of an international terrorist group was arrested in Mindanao by immigration and naval intelligence operatives.
Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. announced on Thursday the arrest of one Abdul Aziz Usman, also known as Aziz Bin Othman, and his aide Omar Abu in a village in Davao del Sur.
The operation was conducted by joint elements of the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) Mindanao intelligence unit and the Navy’s intelligence command in Region 11.
David said Usman and Abu, both Malaysians, were arrested after months of intensive surveillance by authorities on their activities in Mindanao.
Usman is suspected of working as a finance officer for a terrorist group, which is closely associated with the Abu Sayyaf bandit group and the Al-Qaeda network of slain terrorist Osama Bin Laden. (Manila Times)