ZAMBOANGA CITY - Authorities on Wednesday arrested a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf group in Barangay Talon-talon, Zamboanga City, seizing explosives and drugs in his possession.
Authorities identified the suspect as Abdu Sahibul, a known member of the Abu Sayyaf operating in Sulu.
The arrest happened just as authorities foiled the group's purported kidnap plan in Bohol, which led to a firefight Tuesday. The clashes left four government troops and six bandits dead.
Senior Supt. Luisito Magnaye, Zamboanga City Police director, said two fragmentation grenades were recovered inside Sahibul's house.
Also recovered were six big sachets of suspected illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Composite units of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) served two search warrants against Sahibul.
Magnaye said they received information that Sahibul has been hiding explosives in his house.
There were also reports that Sahibul has been involved in the illegal drug trade in the area of Talon-talon and nearby villages.
Sahibul was also involved in the foiled kidnapping of a doctor in October 2015, also in Barangay Talon-talon.
The confiscated grenades were turned over to the explosives ordnance division of the PNP, while the confiscated illegal drugs were handed over to the PDA for filing of criminal charges against Sahibul.