Slippery foreign trained Abu bomber captured PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:35

by DAN TORIBIO

A slippery foreign trained bomb maker who escaped during a raid at his hideout in Talabaan last Saturday was captured by security forces in Barangay Panyungan, Lantawan, Basilan at dawn yesterday.

Police and military operatives arrested Abdulla Indanan alias “Alkobar” on the strength of a warrant issued by Judge Leo Jay Principe of the Regional Trial Court Branch 1 based in Isabela City, Basilan with no bail recommended.

Indanan, a follower of Basilan based Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, has standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with Case Nos. 3432, 3551, 3552, 3566, 3567, 3569 & 3570. He was arrested around 1 a.m. by government forces composed of by JITF-2, Zambasulta, Naval Special Operation Six of the Philippine Navy, Marine Special Operations Group, Culianan Police Station led by Sr. Insp. Elmer Solon and 308th CIS, 300TH AISG, PAF.

After the arrest of Indanan, government forces proceeded to his hideout at Sitio Gapuh, Talabaan where the first raid was carried out last Saturday night and where he was not found. Bomb experts detonated thereat an assembled Improvised Explosive Device placed inside an empty LPG tank causing panic among residents because of the loud explosion.

During the raid at Indanan’s hideout Last Saturday, security forces recovered various bomb components including ANFO (ammonium nitrate-fuel oil), fragments and electrical  wires.

Police sources said Indanan was among those trained on bomb making in Central Mindanao by Malaysian bomb maker Zulkipli bin hir alias Marwan and his Filipino counterpart Basit Usman.

Marwan was killed in the infamous Mamasapano police operation where 44 police commandos perished last January 25. Usman was also killed several weeks later in Maguindanao.

According to residents of Sitio Gapuh, Talabaan, Indanan arrived in their place barely a month ago bringing his three children and wife and stayed under a mango tree. Helpful folks and his cousin Arula helped him build a small nipa hut for their shelter.

Residents did not notice any suspicious acts by Indanan when he and his family were staying in the said place.

It was learned that Arula have been staying at Sitio Gapuh for several years already. He claimed he is innocent as to the background of Indanan.

Authorities said the explosive devices recovered at the hide-out were similar to the IEDs seized in a recent police and military operation in Barangay Muti in the city’s east coast. – Dan Toribio