Five alleged members of the militant group Abu Sayyaf were captured early Wednesday morning by security forces in Sulu Archipelago, south of Manila.
The suspected bandits who did not resist their captors in a surprise raid in Upper Cabengbeng village, Sumisip town, Basilan province, were not immediately named, Malaysia's Bernama.com said.
Scout Rangers and Special Forces troopers received the information of the Al Qaeda-linked group's hideout from a militant who was captured last week in a separate attack.
Hundreds of ammunitions and five high-caliber firearms were recovered during the 5:30 a.m. raid.
Authorities said the captors are working with the local police for the filing of criminal charges against the alleged outlaws, GMA News said.
The 400-member Abu Sayyaf, or the "Islamic Movement," is one of the country's several military Islamist separatist groups that was founded in the 1990s. Based in southern Philippines, they seek to gain independence from the country. The group had been involved in a number of high-level attacks such as beheadings, bombings and kidnappings.
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