khair-mundos-abu-sayyafManila: Government security forces captured a leader of the Abu Sayyaf terror group who is wanted in the United States and has acknowledged receiving al-Qaida funds to finance bombings in the Philippines.

The United States offered in 2009 a $500,000 bounty for the killing or capture of Khair Mundos. US authorities said Mundos worked as a financier for the Abu Sayyaf.

Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo, chief of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said Mundos was arrested by Army soldiers and police in the house of relatives in Parañaque City. Fajardo, however, dismissed speculations that the Abu Sayyaf leader was in the capital to carry out bombings and disrupt today’s celebration of Independence Day.

Fajardo said the Department of the Interior and Local Government had offered P1.2 million for Mundos’ arrest. The reward was raised to P5 million after Mundos escaped in 2007.