Three suspected Abu Sayyaf members, including a minor, were apprehended as government troops conducted operations against the bandit group in Sumisip, Basilan, early Tuesday.

Major Harold Cabunoc, acting Army spokesman, identified two of the suspects as Abdulbaki Ismanul, 30, and Al Mahdi Arshad, 22.

The third is a 12-year-old boy who claimed to be a Grade 4 pupil, Cabunoc said.

Members of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion apprehended the three around 6 a.m. at forested area in Brgy. Tongsengal.

The three, all believed to be members of the group of Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Furuji Indama, yielded two M16-A1 rifles and an M14 rifle, Cabunoc said.

They were brought to the military camp in Isabela City for debriefing before being turned over to the local police for the filing of charges.

Colonel Ricardo Visaya, commander of the 104th Brigade, has contacted the Department of Social Welfare and Development to take custody of the minor, Cabunoc said. (John Roson)

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