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