Alleged Assistant Of Abu Sayyaf Leader Mundi Sawadjaan Nabbed
ABU SAYYAF – The alleged assistant of Abu Sayyaf leader Mundi Sawadjaan was recently arrested by police in Zamboanga City.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan identified the suspect as Hashim Saripada, aka Ibnu Kashir Saripada, according to a report from GMA News.
Saripada was nabbed by operative of the Regional Intelligence Unit – IX and the 84th Special Action Company (Seaborne) at Barangay Recodo.
The PNP chief report that the alleged assistant’s arrest is a huge blow on the part of Sawadjaan, who is said to be behind the bombings in Sulu province. Saripada was said to have been aiding the leader in his strategies in launching attacks
“Saripada is the assistant, cohort of Mundi Sawadjaan. This will be a very, very big blow on him because nawalan siya ng isang pinagkakatiwalaan and this one is actually his assistant, so karamihan ng kaniyang mga activities ngayon, hindi na matutuloy. He knows na mino-monitor na siya ng lahat ng intelligence and anti-terrorism units,”
“He assists him in all operations, gumagawa ng mga IEDs (improvised explosive device), at lahat ng mga strategies niya naka-based din kay Saripada,”
Cascolan said that Saripada was the subject of a warrant of arrest that was issued by Honorable Danilo Bucoy of the Regional Trial Court Branch 2 of Isabela, Basilan for the crimes of multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder.
He added that Saripada and Sawadjaan prepared the IED that was used by the Indonesian couple at the Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu in January 2019, based on the report.
Cascolan also said that Saripada had a role in the bombing of a CAFGU detachment at Sitio Magkawit, Barangay Maganda in Lamitan Basilan on July 31, 2018. The bombing was carried out by a Moroccan bomber identified as Abu Kathir Al-Maghirbi and killed 11 individuals.
Authorities were able to retrieve hand grenade and other materials for making IEDs during the arrest.
Cops said that the suspect was observed for a long time but they did not provide more details on how they were able to monitor Saripada’s activities.
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