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Terrorists’ ‘spy’ nabbed

Roel Pareño - The Philippine Star

ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines — An alleged Abu Sayyaf bandit with links to terrorist group Dawlah Islamiyah and reportedly working as a non-uniformed police personnel has been arrested in Jolo, Sulu, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday.

PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar presented the suspect, identified as Maskur Abdo Patarasa, during a visit at the headquarters of the Zamboanga City police.

Patarasa, who uses the aliases Mapung and Omair Salim Talim, was arrested by a joint team of the police and military in Barangay Asturias, Jolo on Saturday night, Eleazar said.

The arrest was based on a warrant issued by Judge Leo Jay Principe of the Isabela Regional Trial Court Branch 1 on charges of kidnapping with serious illegal detention.

Patarasa is a non-uniformed personnel of the Banguingui municipal police in Sulu, Eleazar said.

“He was found to be the finance and liaison officer of  the Dawlah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf bandit group, and was included in the arrest order when martial law was declared in Mindanao due to  the Marawi siege in 2017,” he said.

Elezar said Patarasa is a brother-in-law of the late Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.

The suspect joined the Abu Sayyaf in 2001 under the late chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani. He transferred to the group of Abu Sayyaf senior leader Radullan Sahiron after Janjalani’s death.

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