2 Abu Sayyaf suspects in 2001 Basilan abduction case arrested

admin   •   February 8, 2019   •   2347

(L-R) Harub Jaljalis aka Indal; Pinky Ani Hadjinulla

Eighteen years since the kidnapping and beheading incidents at Golden Harvest Plantation in Basilan in 2001, authorities finally arrested on Sunday (February 3) two elusive suspects in the crime.

Harub Jaljalis alias Indal, 45, and Pinky Ani Hadjinulla, 37, have been positively identified by survivors of the Golden Harvest Plantation incident as among the abductors. The two are alleged members of the Islamist terrorist organization, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Indal, who was arrested at a canteen in Zamboanga City, is a bomb maker for the Radullan Sahiron faction of the ASG. He received bomb-making training from Indonesian and Middle Eastern jihadists. He also served as an escort for a number of high-profile terrorists.

Indal has been known to work closely with Pinky Ani Hadjinulla who was arrested inside a shopping mall in Zamboanga City.

NBI Counter Terrorism Division chief, Atty. Raoul Manguerra said, “In a way we tried to neutralize this cell of Indal and Pinky Hadjinulla. Pinky Hadjinulla, we believe, conducts reconnaissance around Zamboanga to know possible targets either kidnapping or to commit other atrocities like throwing grenades.”

Authorities believe that the arrested suspects employ such tactics to create chaos in Zamboanga, Basilan Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, particularly after the series of bombings in these areas.

“They can conduct a series of bombings and kidnapping incidents to divert the focus and the attention of the law enforcement and the security forces in the area,” said NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin.

Authorities are still looking into the suspects’ possible involvement in the recent Jolo and Sulu blasts. — Chato Alonsagay (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

4 killed in military chopper crash in Basilan

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2020

Four people were killed after a rescue helicopter belonging to the Philippine Air Force crashed in Lantawan town in the province of Basilan on Wednesday.

Authorities said the bodies of the casualties have been recovered by the members of the 4th Special Forces Battalion dispatched to conduct a search and rescue operation at the crash site.

Initial investigation showed that the chopper, believed to be flying from Zamboanga City to an unknown destination, crashed in a rubber plantation in Barangay Upper Manggas in Lantawan around 1 p.m.

Authorities said the chopper went down during a bad weather but investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.

They are also verifying the identities of the fatalities and whether they were all Air Force personnel. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)

Lamitan bombing: 4,000 kids were original targets

admin   •   August 10, 2018

The 4,000 children who were attending a feeding program were the original targets of the Lamitan blast that killed 10 people and wounded 8 on July 31, authorities said on Friday.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed that the bomb-rigged van was supposed to explode at the plaza where the children were expected to gather.

However, the van failed to reach its target location when it broke down at Magwakit Detachment in Brgy. Colonia, Lamitan, Basilan.

Lorenzana said members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) even helped in pushing the van to jumpstart it when one of them noticed the wires and IED components inside the vehicle.

It was when the CAFGU called for backup from the scout rangers who were two Kilometers away from the Magwakit Detachment.

As the scout rangers were approaching, the driver, who authorities believe was Moroccan, panicked and detonated the bomb for fear of being arrested. — Lea Ylagan

Police nab suspect in Lamitan, Basilan blast

Marje Pelayo   •   August 2, 2018

 

Lamitan bombing suspect, Indalin Jainul

 

BASILAN, Philippines – Authorities nabbed a preacher or uztadz in connection with the bombing incident at a CAFGU detachment in Lamitan City, Basilan on Tuesday (August 1).

The suspect, identified as Indalin Jainul, was caught in possession of a fragmentation grenade.

He was charged with  illegal possession of explosion while other charges of multiple murder and multiple serious physical injuries are being crafted.

Jainul’s kin stood in defense of the suspect and claimed he went missing on Tuesday.

Jainul was already in jail in Lamitan City Police station when his relatives found out about his whereabouts. – UNTV News & Rescue

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