Authorities arrested an Abu Sayyaf commander wanted for a bombing incident in Central Mindanao during an operation in Lamitan City, Basilan, early Friday.

Commander Kule Mamagong was arrested by operatives led by the 9th Regional Intelligence Division at Brgy. Tandung Ahas around 2:15 a.m., PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said.

The arrest was carried out on a warrant issued by the Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court for Mamagong, who uses the aliases Molis Tahsin and Kule, for multiple murder with multiple frustrated murder.

The cases stemmed from a bombing incident that transpired in Kidapawan City sometime in 2006, Cruz said.

Mamagong, who has been an Abu Sayyaf member since the time of the group’s fallen leader Abdurajak Janjalani, was brought to Zamboanga City after his arrest. (John Roson)

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