PH Coast Guard member, 2 Abu Sayyaf bombers apprehended in Zamboanga

by Warren Ryan Revoltar

In a press briefing on Monday (October 12), Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Cascolan announced the arrest on Friday (October 9) of a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) member with two men identified as Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bombers.

According to Cascolan, the PNP arrested a certain PCG Apprentice Seaman Jailani Al-Rafee Sakandal, 31, in an operation in Zamboanga City by local, intelligence, and criminal investigation police. Sakandal was arrested with Kadija Sadji, 31, and Abdulman Sarapuddin Tula, 32, for illegal possession of components of improvised explosive devices, which consisted of the following 9-volt batteries, electrical tools, electrical wires, resistors, metal clips, and 500 grams of concrete nails. The police also confiscated hand grenades, a caliber .45 pistol, several rounds of 5.56mm rifle ammunition, and a black Islamic State (ISIS) flag.

Furthermore, the two aforementioned ASG members were tagged by the police as “financial conduits” of ISIS to the faction of the ASG that it was allied with – the faction led by bomber Mundi Sawadjaan. Tula was also described as a logistics man for groups managed by Sawadjaan and ASG leader Radullan Sahiron in Sulu.

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