Updated: 06/11/2014 14:52 | By Agence France-Presse

One of 'most wanted' Philippine militants arrested

An Islamic militant listed by the United States among the "most wanted" terrorists in the world was arrested in the Philippine capital on Wednesday, police said after a manhunt lasting years.

One of 'most wanted' Philippine militants arrested

File photo taken on July 30, 2011 shows an honour guard at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Manila carrying the casket of a Philippine marine killed during a clash with Abu Sayyaf militants on the remote island of Jolo - by Noel Celis

Khair Mundos, who has a bounty of half a million dollars on his head from the US government, was arrested in a Manila suburb, a police statement said.

The US State Department describes him as a "key leader and financier" of the Abu Sayyaf, a Filipino Islamic extremist group.

The group, founded with seed money from Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, has carried out bombings and mass kidnappings, often targeting foreigners and Christians who they hold for ransom.

Mundos was previously captured in the troubled southern Philippines in 2004 but escaped from a provincial jail in 2007.

Since then, security forces had been hunting for him in the south, where the Abu Sayyaf is based.

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