3 nabbed; grenades, bomb seized in Abu hideout raid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 May 2015 09:06

By DAN TORIBIO

Three persons were arrested and two grenades and an improvised explosive device (IED) were seized during a raid at the hideout of a suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber in Barangay Muti, this city Wednesday night.

Police Supt. Felix Martinez said that different law enforcement units armed with a search warrant raided around 11 p.m.the house of Albert Tumanbid alias Abu Walid, a member of the Abu Sayyaf.

However Tumanbid was not around during the operation but the raiding team recovered two handgrenades, a .45 cal. pistol with rounds of ammunition and an improvised explosive device with complete bomb components including nails, electrical wire and a cell phone detonator.

The raiding team also arrested Nurmina Tibulong, Jihada Tibulong and Bashier Tibulong who were in the house during the operation. They were brought to the city police office for investigation while the confiscated items were turned over to the investigators.

Martinez said that cases of illegal possession of explosives and firearms will be filed in court against the arrested suspects.

Police sources said that Tumanbid had participated in some bomb attacks in the city in recent years.

The raid was carried out by operatives of the  Police Anti Vice Section led by Insp. Edgard Bahoy. They were backed up by men from INTEL, SIU, ZCPO SWAT, Bomb Squad, ZCPS2, NISG, SPKI,  SPMKI,PAOCC and PNP SAF.

Police and military authorities are currently gathering more information on the possible whereabouts of Tumanbid.

The latest bomb attack in Zamboanga City that happened on January 24 near a bus terminal left seven persons dead and 42 others injured.

Since 1991, the group - armed with mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars and automatic rifles - has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortions in a self-determined fight for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines.  It is notorious for beheading victims after ransoms have failed to be paid for their release. —  Dan Toribio