Manila – Two Muslim militants allegedly involved in an attack against a southern Philippine governor were arrested after a shootout that killed one civilian, a police report said Wednesday.
Two civilians were also injured in the shootout that led to the arrest of the two suspects on Tuesday in Patikul town on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila, the report said.
Police said the suspects, Juhan Alibuddin and Sulaiman Muin, were members of the Muslim Abu Sayyaf rebel group and led the bombing of the convoy of Governor Abdusakur Tan two weeks ago.
Tan escaped unhurt from the attack, but 10 of his police and security aides were wounded in the bombing.
Police officers recovered two pistols, one hand grenade and ammunition from the arrested suspects who were undergoing tactical interrogation at the provincial police headquarters on Jolo.
Abu Sayyaf rebels have been holding captive 62-year-old Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni in the jungles of Jolo for the past four months.
Vagni and two other staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were seized on January 15 in Patikul shortly after visiting a water and sanitation project in the provincial jail.
The two other ICRC staff – Filipino Mary Jean Lacaba and Swiss Andreas Notter – were released separately by the guerrillas in April.(dpa)