Authorities arrested two alleged Abu Sayyaf members wanted for the abduction of more than 20 people, including some foreigners, at the Dos Palmas resort in Palawan in 2001, during an operation in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, Wednesday night.

Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, identified the suspects as Jojo Imam Pai and a certain “Aling.”

Members of the 101st Brigade arrested the two around 10:40 p.m. in Sitio Bukana, Brgy. Usukan, Caber said in a text message.

The arrest was carried out on warrants for cases of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, which stemmed from the Dos Palmas kidnapping, he said.

After their arrest, the suspects were brought to Zamboanga City where they are undergoing custodial debriefing.

On May 27, 2001, Abu Sayyaf members led by Abu Jumdail alias Dr. Abu abducted 21 workers and tourists, including three Americans, at the Dos Palmas resort.

The three Americans comprise Guillermo Sobero and missionary copule Martin and Gracia Burnham.

Sobero was beheaded the same year while Martin Burnham was killed when Abu Sayyaf members clashed with government troops who were conducting a rescue operation, on June 2002. (John Roson)

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