The leader of an Islamic militant group surrendered and was taken into police custody on Thursday in the Philippines after suffering a gruesome injury in battle.
Abduljihad Susukan is the highest-ranking leader of Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf to have been arrested this year, The Associated Press reported.
Abu Sayyaf was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the United States in 1997.
Police served Susukan warrants for murder, attempted murder and kidnapping, according to Gen. Archie Gamboa, the country’s national police chief.
LOOK: Suspected Abu Sayyaf leader Abduljihad “Idang” Susukan undergoes booking procedure at the Davao City Police Office following his arrest on Thursday night, August 13. (Photos courtesy of DCPO / PIO) | via Keith Bacongco pic.twitter.com/dBLq6spu5J
— Manila Bulletin News (@manilabulletin) August 14, 2020
Police allege that Susukan orchestrated the kidnapping and beheading of a Malaysian in 2015 on the day former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in the Philippines for a summit.
Susukan was also allegedly involved in the kidnappings of two Canadians who were beheaded in 2016 after Abu Sayyaf didn’t receive a requested ransom. The militant who executed the men is still on the loose.
Susukan’s rifle grenade exploded accidentally in the midst of a battle last week, severing his left arm.
He then gave himself over to Nur Misuari, a rebel chief who was appointed special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
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