PNP: No established link yet between Jolo and Zamboanga City bombings

admin   •   January 30, 2019   •   4341

(Left) Decimated church seats of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral
in Jolo, Sulu after it was hit by twin explosions on January 27, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Ahmad Sajan. (Right) Bodies of worshipers lay lifeless after a grenade detonated inside their mosque in Masjid Jutay, Barangay Talon-Talon in Zamboanga City on January 30, 2019. | Photo courtesy of PNP Region 9 Office

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Authorities cannot yet confirm if the grenade blast at a mosque in Masjid Jutay in Zamboanga City on Tuesday night is connected to the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday.

According to Zamboanga City Police Spokesperson PSInsp. Shelamie Chang, the explosives used in last night’s bombing in Zamboanga was in no way similar to the ones used in Jolo.

The officer said, the incident in Jolo was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) while a grenade launcher was used in a mosque in Zamboanga City.

Authorities continue to investigate as to the motive behind the Zamboanga City blast that killed two individuals and injured three others. — UNTV News and Rescue

Daulah Islamiya recruiter in Luzon nabbed in Quezon City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Alleged liaison officer and recruiter of Daulah Islamiyah terrorist group, Kevin Madriñan, was nabbed in Quezon City on Saturday (September 19).

The operation was launched through the joint efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Intelligence Group and the Quezon City Police District.

Authorities, however, stressed that the presence of Abu Sayyaf Group in Metro Manila cannot be considered a security threat at the moment even after Madrinañ’s arrest.

Madriñan, who goes with aliases Ibrahim Abdullah Madriñan or Ibrahim Khalil Al-Garaba, is connected with ASG Commander Mundi Sawadjaan who was behind the twin bombing in Jolo, Sulu on August 24, and with Abu Turaife of the Daulah Islamiyah based in Central Mindanao.

“Maganda iyan at nahuhuli natin at namo- monitor natin ng husto. Nakikita natin kung sino ang mga pinupuntahan nila (It’s good that we are able to capture and strictly monitor their whereabouts),” Cascolan said.

“Ang isa po dyan hindi nila basta basta magagawa iyan kung walang tulong ng komunidad (Also, they wouldn’t be able to move freely without help from the community),” he added.

Cascolan added that the PNP is now investigating whether Madriñan had plans to stage a terrorist attack in Metro Manila and in public places.

“Nakikiusap kami palagi sa komunidad na kung merong mga kahina- hinalang mga tao na umiikot sa mga lugar niyo, ireport po agad sa mga pinakamalapit na police station (We ask the community to report to the nearest police station any suspicious-looking individuals in your area),” the PNP chief said.

The PNP is encouraging the Muslim community to report to the authorities any sightings of unidentified persons or suspicious persons in their area. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Fishermen rescued in sea waters off Zamboanga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2020

Five fishermen were rescued on Monday (September 14) by navy troops in the sea waters off San Mateo Point, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City.

The navy troops, onboard BA492, noticed four fishermen standing on a boat that capsized due to bad weather.

After rescuing the four, the troops were informed that the boat master was still inside the capsized boat.

The boat master was recovered and rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center. He was declared dead on arrival due to Asphyxiation secondary to accidental drowning.

“We provided the necessary assistance to the victims of the sea mishap and communicated with their respective families,” said Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan, Commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao.

The Philippine Navy extends their sympathy to the family of the boat master identified as 55-year-old Enricky Brocka. The Navy also assured they will provide assistance to victims of the accident. -AAC

AFP hunts down Abu Sayyaf leader, other suspects in Jolo twin blasts

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are now pursuing the persons behind the twin bombings that rocked the Jolo town in the province of Sulu on Monday.

Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr., the newly-installed chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said the explosions were perpetrated by Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Mundi Sawadjaan with the help of a still unidentified female suicide bomber.

Vinluan said Sawadjaan and his group were the ones behind the bombing of Jolo Cathedral in January 2019 which killed 23 people and injured 109 others.

The military have been tracking Sawadjaan and his group since May and he was also the target of pursuing four Army Intelligence officers before they were shot dead on June 29 by Jolo police officers, according to the military official.

Vinluan said they received information about the group’s plan to launch an attack but they lost track of Sawadjaan when the four soldiers were killed.

Had Sawadjaan and the suicide bombers been captured, Monday’s twin bombings probably would have been avoided, he said.

“Actually yun ‘yung sinusundan namin nung, kaya nga may namatay na apat na sundalo nu’n di ba, ang target nila ‘yung suicide bombers plus si Mundi Sawadjaan. ‘Yun ang target natin nu’n na hindi naituloy dahil nga sa nangyari,” he said.

But Brigadier General Manuel Abu, director of Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, maintained that the shooting incident could have been avoided if the soldiers coordinated their moves with the local police.

Abu also said they would have also helped in the operation if the slain military men informed the local police.

“Walang coordination din eh, kung sila ba naman ‘yung mga napatay ay, nirespeto nila ‘yung mga naka-uniporme at hindi nila parang tinarayan, ay di baka hindi natuloy pati itong bombing, nagkatulungan pa ang PNP at AFP, di ba?” he said.

Monday’s twin blasts at Barangay Walled City in Jolo killed 14 people – seven soldiers, one policeman and six civilians – and injured 75 others.

The first explosion occurred just before noon beside Paradise Food Shop while the second blast transpired an hour later about 100 meters away from the first blast site.

Authorities said the first explosive device could have been planted on a motorcycle they found parked near the KM450 military truck. The second explosion was a suicide bomb carried by an unidentified female.

The municipality has been placed under total lockdown until the probe into the incident is completed. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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