Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Abu Sayyaf bandit who guarded Burnhams in captivity falls

Government security forces arrested on Tuesday morning in Basilan a suspected Abu Sayyaf member who reportedly guarded US missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham while the couple was in captivity of the bandit group for more than a year.      

A police report identified the suspect as Sonny Baki Barahim alias Abu Ismael, who was nabbed 9 a.m. in Isabela City in Basilan on the strength of an arrest warrant for a pending kidnapping and serious illegal detention case.

The suspect was described as having trained in bomb-making and has undergone surveillance activities for bombing and kidnapping operations in Zamboanga City and Basilan.   

The same report said the suspect's brother, Ibno Ismael alias Abu Kudano, is currently detained in Bicutan in Taguig City, also facing kidnapping charges. Both suspects worked under the late Abu Sayyaf chieftian Abdurajak Janjalani, Hamsiraji Sali and Isnilon Hapilon.  
Further, authorities said Abu Ismael served as one of the armed guards during the Burnhams' captivity in Basilan. 
The Burnhams were seized along with several local tourists in the posh Dos Palmas Resort in Palawan in May 2001 and stayed in captivity until June 2002. 

Martin and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap were killed in a government rescue operation on June 7, 2002 in Sibuco in Zamboangaa del Norte. Gracia was wounded in the incident. — RSJ, GMA News
January 17, 2012 12:11pm
GMA News Online

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