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One of the U.S.'s most wanted terrorists arrested in the Philippines

One of the U.S.'s most wanted terrorists arrested in the Philippines

Khair Mundos, one of the most wanted terrorists in the United States, was arrested Wednesday morning in the Philippines and brought into custody by local authorities.

Mundos, a leader of the Philippine Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf, is thought to be responsible for a series of lethal attacks on U.S. troops as well as for attacks on Filipinos. After fleeing prison in 2007, Mundos was a "fundraiser, bomb maker, and instructor" for Abu Sayyaf, which is tied to al-Qaeda, Time reports. His capture marks the end of a seven-year manhunt.

"Mundos confessed to having arranged the transfer of funds from al-Qaeda to Abu Sayyaf group leader Khadaffy Janjalani to be used in bombings and other criminal acts throughout the [Philippine] island of Mindanao," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. In addition to being wanted in the U.S., Mundos was also the most-sought terrorist in the Philippines. Watch a news report from the Philippines on Mundos' arrest below. --Meghan DeMaria