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ASG member nabbed in Zamboanga City


An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was arrested by joint police and military personnel in Barangay Pasilmanta, Sacol Island, Zamboanga City, Tuesday.

Personnel of the 904th Maneuver Company, Intelligence Branch and Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 9 together Marine Battalion Landing Team 11, conducted a law enforcement operation that resulted to the arrest of Majid Isnilon, 25, of the said place.

A warrant of arrest for murder issued on March 31, 2017 by Judge Gracelina G. Bernardo, RTC9, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 17, Zamboanga City and another Warrant of Arrest for multiple attempted murder issued on January 29, 2018by Judge Roncesvalles B Filoteo, RTC9, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 32, Zamboanga City were served to Isnilon.

Seized from his possession were a color yellow and green detonating cord, 9 volts battery and a live MK2 fragmentation hand grenade.

Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) spokesperson Chief Insp. Helen Galvez said that Isnilon was involved in numerous crimes such as extortion activities, the killing of Ronald Juela at Sitio Niyog-Niyog, Barangay Muti, this city; strafing incident of Rural Bus Transit, Inc. at Km-57, Barangay Buenavista, this city, that wounded several passengers; and the massacre of 8 fishermen off  Siromon Island, Barangay Dita, this city.

The suspect is said to be an active member of the ASG under sub-leader Hatib Sawadjaan Hajan, a Sulu-based commander.

Isnilon is also allegedly connected to the group of ASG Sub-leader Jamilul Nasalun alyas “Abu Harris” where he served as spotter and messenger.

The suspect was turned-over to the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) for proper documentation and temporary detention prior to his turn over to the concerned courts. (Eugene A. Lasprilla)

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