One of 'most wanted' Philippine militants arrested

One of 'most wanted' Philippine militants arrested
Police commandos escort suspected Abu Sayyaf member Sambri Kamlon (centre) in a police camp in the southern island of Mindanao. Khair Mundos is one of the most wanted Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the world.

MANILA - An Islamic militant listed by the United States among the "most wanted" terrorists in the world was arrested in the Philippine capital on Wednesday, police said after a manhunt lasting years.

Khair Mundos, who has a bounty of half a million dollars on his head from the US government, was arrested in a Manila suburb, a police statement said.

The US State Department describes him as a "key leader and financier" of the Abu Sayyaf, a Filipino Islamic extremist group.

The group, founded with seed money from Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, has carried out bombings and mass kidnappings, often targeting foreigners and Christians who they hold for ransom.

Mundos was previously captured in the troubled southern Philippines in 2004 but escaped from a provincial jail in 2007.

Since then, security forces had been hunting for him in the south, where the Abu Sayyaf is based.

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