Sunday, January 20, 2019

Terror suspect nabbed in Cotabato City

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 19, 2019): Terror suspect nabbed in Cotabato City

A man long wanted in connection with the five-month siege carried out by Maute and Abu Sayyaf terror groups in Marawi City in 2017 was arrested here Friday.

Police identified the suspect as Datu Mohalidin, 25, of Malagapas, Barangay Rosary Heights 10, this city. He was arrested along Governor Gutierrez Ave. here at about 1 p.m.

“The suspect carries the aliases ‘Amir Khatab Usman’, ‘Datu Fahad Abdula Mangulamas’, ‘Abu Kattab’, and ‘Dats Usman’,” Chief Insp. Efren Salazar Jr., city police station 2 commander, said in a report.

Salazar said Mohalidin was apprehended by virtue of Arrest Order 01 signed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on May 29, 2017 for violation of Article 1344 (Rebellion) of the Revised Penal Code, and of Republic Act No. 9516 (Illegal Possession of Explosives).

No bail was recommended for the suspect’s alleged crimes. Combined forces of the city police, Criminal Investigation Detection Group – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-ARMM), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency 12 (Soccsksargen), and the Army’s 5th Special Forces Battalion, carried out the mission to arrest the suspect.

The suspect is currently under the custody of the CIDG-ARMM at Pedro Colina Hill in this city. On Jan. 15, police and military agents also arrested here a certain Jing Pagayao, who was linked to the Sept. 2, 2016 bombing at the Roxas Night Market in Davao City.

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