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Abu Sayyaf commander held

A senior member of the Philippines kidnapping group Abu Sayyaf has been captured by the country’s armed forces. Galib Andang, popularly known as Commander Robot, was caught after a gun battle between the rebels and the military on Sunday in southern Jolo island following a public tip-off as to his whereabouts. He is suspected of taking part in a series of kidnappings for ransom, including the abduction of 21 tourists from a Malaysian dive resort in April 2000. After Mr Andang was transported to the southern city of Zamboanga, he was reported to have been verbally abused by a crowd of onlookers, and even attacked by one of his former kidnap victims. He was given treatment at Zamboanga airbase for treatment to wounds sustained during the gun fight. He had been shot in both legs. Full Story

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