Lawless element nabbed, explosive components seized in Sulu

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A lawless element was arrested and several explosive components were seized in a joint law enforcement operation conducted at Zone 3, Barangay Tulay, Jolo, Sulu Saturday evening, March 5, 2022.

Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said combined elements from the 35th Infantry Battalion, 37th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, K9 Team, 7th Special Action Battalion, 9th Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and Jolo Municipal Police Station conducted a joint operation to implement Search Warrant Nr. 2022-08-03 for violation of RA 9516 (Illegal Possession of Explosives) against Nursitta Mahalli Malud.

According to Lt. Col. Domingo Robles, Jr., Commanding Officer of 35IB, operating troops successfully apprehended the target and seized explosive components including one 81mm Cartridge, nine inches detonating cord, one blasting cap, 23 inches #16 stranded wire attached to the blasting cap, one 9-volt battery with snap connector, one plastic container with arming switch (15 inches #16 stranded wire loop type switch), one roll electric tape, one lighter, 15 meters nylon string, and one shoulder bag.

Also seized were assorted identification cards, green notebook, one black analog Samsung phone, two android Samsung phones, four sim cards, three SD cards, and assorted money remittance receipts.

“This exemplifies that if an operation is well-coordinated, it will definitely be successful. My commendations to the members of the operating teams for this laudable accomplishment,” Brig. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu expressed.

The arrested person was placed under the custody of Jolo MPS while the seized pieces of evidence were turned over to CIDG PFU9 and PECU Sulu for proper documentation and disposition.

“Law enforcement support operations, in collaboration with the police, will continuously be conducted by the Joint Task Force Sulu to contain lawless elements operating in the area. This significant accomplishment is a testament to the strengthened relationship we have established with our partners. It is with pride that I congratulate the soldiers of the Joint Task Force Sulu headed by Brig. Gen. Patrimonio and the policemen of the different police units in Sulu.

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