Lobregat cites forces for arrest of wanted bomber PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 December 2011 14:57

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday commended police and military operatives involved in the operation that led to the arrest of a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group wanted for a string of bombing incidents in the city since 2002.

This, as Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) Chief Gen. Felicisimo Khu, Police Regional Director Gen. Elpidio de Asis together with Mayor Lobregat and City Police OIC Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief PSSupt. Generoso Bonifacio yesterday moring presented to the media Hussein Ahaddin y Amajad, who was arrested in barangay Muti in the east coast Tuesday night.

Ahaddin, was arrested by joint elements of the PNP Special Action Force-Seaborn, Zamboanga City Police Office, DIPO-Western Mindanao, Naval Intelligence Service Group-WM, Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Center on Transnational Crime in his hideout at Purok 4 in Muti on the strength of a warrant of arrest with multiple frustrated murders issued by the Court for the Shop-Orama and Shoppers’ Central department stores twin explosions last October 17, 2002.

Mayor Lobregat said the arrest of the suspected bomber proves that the authorities are doing their best efforts to bring justice to those who were affected by the series of incidents. He hoped that such efforts would also be publicized as much as the media publicize the atrocities that happened.

“The authorities will not rest until we get the others responsible in the different incidents”, the mayor stressed.

He emphasized that the authorities are trying to establish Ahaddin’s involvement in the November 27 explosion at the Atilano Pension House in Canelar that killed 3 people and wounded 27 others including two children.

In a statement read by Gen. Khu on behalf of Anti-Terrorism Council Chairman Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, it was learned that Ahaddin is also known as Abu Tiih and is also one of the suspects in the  Malagutay District Karaoke bar explosion incident last October 2, 2002 that killed an American green beret commando and 3 Filipino civilians.

The Shop-Orama and Shoppers’ Central twin explosions where Ahaddin is originally charged, killed 7 persons and wounded 150 others.

Quoting reliable information, the statement revealed that Ahaddin is a close follower of the late ASG urban terrorist group leader Ustadz Abdullah Ajijul, also known as Abu Termije and Amilhamja Ajijul and Alex Alvarez/Abu Jamil—who are said to have carried out a series of terroristic activities in Western Mindanao. The group has been established under Puruji Indama of the Basilan-based ASG.

Accordingly, Ahaddin’s group also involved in numerous other explosion incidents that  happened August 10, 2005 at the STa. Maria-Pasonanca terminal in Campaner Street and OK Bazaar and Chowking building at Mayor climaco Avenue; the October 9, 2011 twin explosions at the San Roque cockpit and Red Palm pension house in Guiwan and the October 26, 2011 explosion incident in Sangali in the east coast.

The same group is suspected to be responsible in the Atilano Pension House explosion.

Ahaddin is temporarily detained at the ZCPO detention cell.

Khu said security troops are still conducting follow up operations to arrest the 7 other members of the group who remain at large and that an intensive probe is being done to determine the extent of the group’s operation and other plans.

“Likewise we appeal to the public to be very vigilant in reporting the presence of suspicious-looking persons and baggage in their areas to the nearest police or military station”, Khu added. — Sheila Covarrubias