MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine security forces have arrested a suspect in the kidnappings of two Malaysians, one of whom was beheaded last month.
A regional military commander says the man was arrested Friday in a hospital on southern Jolo Island.
Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado says an arrest warrant for the suspect, Kadaffy Muktadil, allegedly a member of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group, was issued Tuesday in Sandakan in the Malaysian state of Sabah.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak last month asked Philippine authorities to punish kidnappers who beheaded Malaysian Bernard Then Ted Fen. He was abducted with a compatriot, Thien Nyuk Fun, by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in May in Sabah and taken by boat to Sulu.
Thien was freed on Nov. 8 after a ransom was reportedly paid.