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Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, February 27, 2003

An Abu Sayyaf terrorist involved in the kidnapping of Americans in 2001 has been captured.

Security forces have arrested an alleged Abu Sayyaf rebel linked to the kidnapping of three Americans in 2001, the military said yesterday. Unding Sali was detained on Tuesday near the southern city of Zamboanga, but the incident was not immediately made public for security reasons, the military said.

The arrested suspect has also been identified as the captor of American Christian missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham, who were among 21 people seized by the Abu Sayyaf from a resort island two years ago. A third US hostage, Mr Guillermo Sobero, was beheaded by the gunmen while Mr Martin Burnham was killed in a bloody rescue in which his wife Gracia was freed early last year.

Sali is a 'member of the urban demolition and intelligence staff' of an Abu Sayyaf faction led by Hamsiraji Sali, who is among five Abu Sayyaf leaders who have a US$5 million (S$8.7 million) bounty from the United States.

Unding Sali was also believed to have taken part in the mass abduction of 54 Christian students and teachers in Basilan in 2000 and a 1995 raid on the town of Ipil that left dozens dead, the military said.

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