Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Police: Abu Sayyaf bomb expert’s arrest disrupts bombing plot

From the Philippine News Agency (May 20): Police: Abu Sayyaf bomb expert’s arrest disrupts bombing plot

A top police official disclosed that the recent arrest of an Abu Sayyaf explosive expert has disrupted plans to bomb vital installations in this city.

Local police officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro has confirmed plans by terror groups to bomb gasoline stations and other highly vulnerable public areas in the city.

However, Casimiro said such plan was disrupted with the arrest of Nujir Ahidji alias Abu Jomar and the recovery of bomb-making components.

Jomar was arrested when the combined Task Force Zamboanga and local police operatives, armed with a search warrant, raided a house around 7 a.m. Saturday at 5th Street, Southcom village, Barangay Upper Calarian, this city.

The raiding team have recovered from the possession of Jomar a mobile phone, electrical wirings, adhesive tapes and blasting caps.

Casimiro said that appropriate charges have been filed against Jomar.

Also targets of the planned bombings are police and military personnel, he said.

Casimiro said that Jomar's group is reportedly connected with terror cells operating in Sulu and Basilan provinces, with some of its members conducting terror activities as far as North Cotabato.

He disclosed that they received information that there are new recruits and new graduates of terror group and some of them have already undertaken bombing activity in Pikit, North Cotabato recently wherein one of the bombs was disrupted while the other two went off.

He said they have tightened security to avert bombing plot by terror group in this city.


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