ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Bernama) – A suspected subordinate leader of rogue group Abu Sayyaf was arrested by government security forces in southern Philippines on Tuesday.
Nasser Usman was arrested during a pre-dawn raid in Lamitan city in Basilan province, Xinhua news agency reported.
Regional police director Edgar Basbas said Usman is facing four counts of kidnapping.
A warrant for his arrest was issued in connection with the Lamitan siege in 2001.
Police said Usman was involved in the Ipil town siege in 1995 and kidnappings in Zamboanga Sibugay and Tumahubong in 2000.
Usman was a teacher assigned at the Tandung Ahas National High School and oversaw the indoctrination of Abu Sayyaf known for its high-profile kidnappings and attacks.