Three suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists captured in Taluksangay raid PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 September 2017 11:44

By DAN TORIBIO

Three suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists were arrested during a police and military operation against a kidnapper in Sitio Bunkhouse, in Taluksangay last Saturday afternoon.

A police report showed that around 2:10 p.m. joint troops of the City Police Office’s Intelligence Section, Military Intelligence Group, Joint Task Force Zamboanga and Army’s 11IB EOD with K9 team swooped down in Taluksangay purposely to serve a warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 16 for kidnapping against Kadil Asalin alias Tatay.

However, Asalin eluded arrest after he was able to jump out of the house passing through the kitchen.

During the operation, one of the three companions of Asalin identified as Mukaram Daud Sapii who was armed with a .45 caliber pistol attempted to draw his handgun but he was subdued by the policemen and soldiers.

The government forces arrested him and put him under tactical interrogation.

During the search at the house of Asalin, the government forces were able to recover a black bag containing an improvised explosive device (IED)

The raiding team also seized a fragmentation grenade from the possession of Omar Asakil.

Sapii, Asakil and a certain Abdula Sapii, all companions of Asalin were arrested and were placed under investigation pending the filing of appropriate charges in court.

However, the military’s Wetern Mindanao Command said that the three arrested suspects are allegedly Abu Sayyaf extremists who are allegedly planning to conduct sabotages and terror attacks in the city during the Hermosa Festival.

According to WesMinCom spokesman Captain Jo-Ann D. Petinglay the detained suspects are allegedly members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and are planning to carry out bombing and other terroristic activities here in the city.

Petinglay said that the three suspects are under the group of Abu Sayyaf Commander Furuji Indama which is operating in Basilan and Sulu.  – Dan Toribio with report from Ely Dumaboc