The founding member of Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Abu Sayyap Ustadz Ahmadsali Asmad Badron, also known as Ammad or Hamad Ustadz Idris, was arrested by police authorities Saturday in the remote Tawi-Tawi islands in the southern Philippines.
Badron is one of the original members of the notorious Abu Sayyap, an Al-Qaeda linked Muslim armed group engaged in kidnapping, bombings, extortion and similar criminal activities.
Badron, who worked with Galib Andang (alias Commander Robot), a notorious Abu Sayyap leader, has been implicated in major kidnapping operations in Sulo and Basilan islands.
"Badron was among the trusted members of (Abu Sayyaf) who made millions of pesos in ransom money collected from their operations," said Edgar Danao, Chief of Criminal Investigation in the region.
Abu Sayyap has been tagged by authorities as a violent armed group operating in southern Philippines and nearby areas of Malaysia.
Some of the daring attacks staged by the notorious armed group include the Martin and Gracia Burnham's kidnapping, the Sipadan Resort kidnapping in Malaysia, and the Superferry 14 Bombing, among others.
In most of their kidnapping operations, the group demanded huge ransom money and in many instances they killed the victims if they could not raise enough money in exchange for their freedom.
The US Department of State has tagged Abu Sayyap as a terrorist group when its name was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
Abu Sayyap has an estimated membership of less than 1,000 armed men operating in Sulo, Basilan and Zamboanga Peninsula.
The terrorist organization is believed to be associated with Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian militant Islamist organization with links to Al-Qaeda, the Islamist group once headed by Osama bin Laden.