KOTA KINABALU: Eight suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have been nabbed in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 30, reported The Star Online.
The news portal reported that the militants, Malaysians and Filipinos, were arrested by police during an operation in Cheras.
One of its Hajar Abdul Mubin, also known as Abu Asrie was caught with another Filipino, Abraham Embung, 29.
The six Malaysians, aged between 20 and 52, are of Filipino descent from Sabah and believed to be from Sandakan and working in KL.
Abu Asrie, 25 is believed to be a member of Lucky 9, a Jolo-based kidnap-for-ransom group that has links to theAbu Sayyaf terror group based in Jolo jungles and Basilan islands in southern Philippines.
“Some of the suspects were security guards and were even members of the Civil Defence Corp or Rela,” the portal reported sources as saying.
It also quoted Philippines intelligences sources as saying that the Lucky 9 gang was involved in kidnap for ransom activities in Jolo town and were known the demand ransom payments of 10,000 pesos (RM836).
Some group members with links to the Abu Sayyaf were on the run in Jolo after Philippines security forces went after them.
“According to some sources, Abu Asrie was based in Basilan and had slipped into Malaysia in 2015 after meeting with Malaysian Islamic State militants Dr Mahmud Ahmad, Mohd Najib Hussein and Muhammad Joraimee in Basilan,” the portal said.
It added that Dr Mahmud along with other Abu Sayyaf leaders, were with the Maute group during the attack on Marawi city in Mindanao.