PAGADIAN CITY – Security forces captured a suspected supporter of the pro-ISIS group Dawlah Islamiya in Bubong town in Lanao del Sur, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region, army officials said Monday.
A photo released by the 1st Infantry Division to The Zamboanga Post shows Samsoding Ali Macasasa and weapons seized from him following his arrest on June 13, 2020 in Lanao del Sur's Bubong town.
Officials said soldiers and policemen, including anti-narcotics agents, swooped down in a house in the village called Matampay-Dimarao and arrested the 34-year old Samsoding Ali Macasasa, also tagged as the Number 2 drug personality in the province.
Security forces seized an M16 automatic rifle, a grenade launcher, a rifle grenade, two hand grenades and 35 grams of suspected crystal meth, according to Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo II, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade.
“Based on reports, Macasasa is also known as supporter of the Dawlah Islamiya. He is a high-value target,” Cuerpo said.
Major General Generoso Ponio, commander 1st Infantry Division, lauded all those involved in the operation. “Our joint law enforcement operation with other government forces is relentless in order to protect the people from criminals and other threat groups” he said.
Macasasa did not issue any statement against all the allegations by the army. (Zamboanga Post)