Cotabato City, Philippines - Philippine police have arrested a suspected Muslim militant linked with the international al-Qaeda terrorist network, an official said Tuesday.
The suspect, Hazzer Zaidali, 40, was arrested on Monday in Cotabato City, 960 kilometres south of Manila, Senior Superintendent Willy Dangane said.
Dangane, the city police chief, said Zaidali has a 10,000-dollar bounty on his head and was believed to have been involved in previous bomb attacks in the southern region of Mindanao.
"Troops recovered a pistol from his possession," he said. "He did not resist arrest."
Last week, police arrested a leader of the Raja Solaiman Movement (RSM), a local terrorist cell with links to al-Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Abu Sayyaf group.
Director General Jesus Verzosa, national police chief, said Dinno-Amor Rosalejos Pareja trained under JI militants Umar Patek and Dulmatin in October 2004 before he became leader of the RSM.
The United States has offered a 90,000-dollar reward for his arrest. (dpa)