Police arrest Abu Sayyaf suspects in Zamboanga bomb plot

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Zamboanga City (CNN Philippines) Local authorities arrested three suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group who were allegedly planning an attack during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, police said Monday.

Police confiscated grenades, a .45-caliber pistol, a detonating cord, and a blasting cap from the suspects.

Police said the suspects plotted to hurl a hand grenade at RT Lim Boulevard, one of the popular sites in this year's festivities, which happens October 1-12.

The suspects were also planning to kidnap a prominent businessman in Zamboanga City, police said.

Zamboanga Police Office Spokesperson Chief Inspector Helen Galvez identified the suspects as Abde dela Cruz (aka Sherwin), Jabar Ignohasim, and Abdulla Yusup -- all residents of Jolo, Sulu.

They are believed to be members of the Sulu-based subgroup of the Abu Sayyaf under the leadership of Alhabsi Misaya, according to police intelligence officers. 

Related: Who are the Abu Sayyaf?

Zamboanga police officers were about to serve a warrant of arrest against Dela Cruz at a pension house in Zamboanga City when he and two other suspects tried to escape.

The police nabbed the suspects at 2:45 p.m. on Monday.

According to police, the three suspects arrived via a passenger vessel from Jolo Monday morning and checked in at a local pension house.

CNN Philippines' Digital Producer Eimor P. Santos contributed to this report.