Friday, June 9, 2017

Suspected ISIS recruiter nabbed in Cotabato City

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 9): Suspected ISIS recruiter nabbed in Cotabato City

The military arrested in Cotabato City an engineer working at the city engineering office after he was suspected to be a recruiter of ISIS-allied Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines (AKP), Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group.

The arrest of Nasser Dilangalen, 57 at 2:30 p.m. Thursday came a day after police in nearby Parang town in Maguindanao rescued five recruits of Maute Terror Group while preparing to travel to Marawi City.

Dilangalen, construction and engineering maintenance general foreman, was arrested by operatives of the Army-led Task Force Kutawato and Cotabato City police office. He did not resist arrest.

The lawmen were implementing Arrest, Seize and Seizure Order (ASSO) Order No. 2 issued by the Department of National Defense.

A police officer on condition of anonymity said Dilangalen was an alleged member of Maute Group as a recruiter.

The same police officer said Dilangalen who belonged to a big Moro clan in Maguindanao, was a key recruiter of Maute-Abu Sayyaf Group and AKP.

The Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups now belong to Dawlah Islamiyah Pilippines, an ally of ISIS, founded by brothers Omarkhayem and Abdulla Maute of Lanao del Sur.

These groups, backed by foreign terrorists, have orchestrated the worst terrorist attack in Marawi City.

Dilangalen was related to one of the seven young AKP recruits killed by Philippine Marines in a November 2015 encounter in Barangay Butril, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.

Army intelligence agents said Dilangalen had recruited high school and college students to join the ranks of jihadists.

On Wednesday, police in Parang, Maguindanao rescued five teenagers who admitted they were recruited to augment Maute Group forces in Marawi City, police said.

According to Police Chief Inspector Erwin Tabora, town police chief, relatives of the teenagers sought police assistance after they confirmed that their kins have been recruited to support ISIS linked group in Marawi City.

Acting on the relativesÆ report, the police went to Sitio Greenhills, Barangay Making, Parang, Maguindanao and rescued the minors whose age range from 15 to 20 years old.
The teenagers told police they were recruited by a former member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but now connected to Maute.

They were promised huge amount of money once they leave on June 15 for Marawi, Tabora told reporters. He said one of the teens admitted the recruiter promised them P100,000 cash they will leave to their parents once they agree to travel to Lanao del Sur and monthly, they will receive P25,000 monthly allowance as jihadist.

The rescued are now under the close watch of the townÆs social welfare office and their Maranao parents living in Parang town.

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