MANILA A suspected member of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has been arrested by operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Quezon City over the weekend.
In a press briefing on Monday, PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde identified the arrested ASG member as Abuhair Kullim Indal, 32, a native of Basilan.
He was arrested during an operation conducted by the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of Quezon City Police District, PNP Intelligence Group (IG), Talipapa Police Station (PS-3), and QCPD-SWAT in Barangay Culiat in Quezon City on April 12.
Albayalde said Indal who uses the aliases, Annual Dasil and Abu Khair, has standing arrest warrants on seven separate criminal cases issued by the Branch 1 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), 9th Judicial Region in Isabela City, Basilan in connection with the kidnapping of several workers of the Golden Harvest Plantation in Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan in 2001 led by the late ASG leader Isnilon Hapilon.
Albayalde said there is no need to be alarmed over Indal's arrest as intelligence monitoring is continuous to ensure the safety of the public.
Palagi 'yan meron tayong information dyan na merong magpapasabog, merong ganito pero wala naman mangyayari (That's always the case, we have this and that kind information on bomb threats but nothing happened) so probably these are all parts of their propaganda or probably mas maganda 'yung monitoring nape-prevent natin itong mga incidents na ito (we have an effective monitoring and prevent them from happening), he told reporters.
Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel, QCPD director, said Indal tried to resist arrest by rushing to his room to reach for a hand grenade but was subdued before he can detonate the explosive.
Esquivel said the operation stemmed from over a month of intelligence gathering with the help of the community.
Reports also showed Indal was one of the trusted men of ASG Commander Furuji Indama and a former ASG sub-leader Nur Hassan Jamiri who surrendered last year, Esquivel said.
Esquivel said Indal refused to divulge any information regarding the group's possible plot to conduct attack in the metropolis.
Aside from preventing possible threats posed by the suspect, Esquivel said the arrest means justice for their kidnap victims.
In a related development, Albayalde said the PNP welcomed the confirmation of the death of Owaydah Marohombsar alias Abu Dar, leader of the Dawlah Islamiya of the Lanao del Sur area who figured in the Marawi siege in 2017.
Abu Dar was among the five terrorists killed in an encounter with government security forces last March 14 in Tubaran, Lanao del Sur.(PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency