– RADULAN SAHIRON
* Radulan Sahiron was born in the mid 30s’. He was a veteran of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) from the early 70s’. then moved to the more militant Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 1981. In 1991 Radulan Sahiron was among the founders of Abu Sayyaf alongside Abdubakar janjalani. In some stage Radulan Sahiron lost his arm in the ongoing fighting with the Philippines Army. Radulan Sahiron amazed friends and fellow mujahedeens alike with his expert horsemanship.
Radulan Sahiron became the chief of staff of Abu Sayyaf. On 11/30/2005, Radulan Sahiron’s assets, along with the assets of Abu-Sulaiman and Isnilon Hapilon were frozen by the USA Department of the Treasury and he was designated a terrorist. A reward up to $200,000 was offered for information leading to the capture of each person. Radulan Sahiron is suspected by USA intelligence of masterminding the Sipadan Hijacking in 04/2000 and the Palawan Hijacking in May 2001. Radulan Sahiron asked for the release of Ramzi Yousef in return for the capture hostages and when the demand was denied he, probably, ordered the beheading of Guellermo Sobero, one of the Palawan hostages. Eventually the direct killer of Guellermo Sobero, Alhamser Manatad Limbong, was captured with the Zamboanga Cell in 03/2004.
Radulan Sahiron was pronounced dead three times by the Pilipino authorities – once on 09/29/2000, and the second time on 05/11/2005. On 12/19/2008 the Pilipino military said, the third time, it was highly probable that Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron and an INDONESIAN JI militant were killed in recent encounters in Sulu. On 10/06/2008 there were rumors that Radulan Sahiron surrendered to the Philippines police in Zamboanga province, Mindanao.
Radulan Sahiron was mentioned as a potential replacement to Khadafy Janjalani as Abu sayyaf leader after Khadafy Janjalani was killed in an encounter with the Philippine Army near Patikul in Jolo Island, on 12/27/2006.
Toy (03/2009) the deeds or whereabouts of Radulan Sahiron are unknown and he continues to deride the Philippines authorities.
The United States, on Tuesday 05/27/2009, offered up to 1 million dollars in rewards for tips leading to the capture of Radulan Sahiron (see – 2.5$ 05.26.09).
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