Mugshot photo of Indonesian terrorist Mushalah Somiba alias Abu Omar
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) believes Indonesian terrorist Omar was not alone in traveling to the Philippines. This is why the police continue to search for his other colleagues.
Omar was arrested by the Police Regional Office Region (PRO) XII in Palimbang Sultan Kudarat last March 10.
He is now under the custody of the Bureau of Immigration in Mindanao.
PRO 12 Director PCSupt. Marcelo Morales said they are now leaving it up to the immigration bureau the fate of alleged suicide bomber Mushalah Somiba alias Abu Omar.
“Yung naarestong terorista ay itinurn over namin sa Bureau of Immigration for violation of immigration law,” said the regional director.
(We already turned over to the Bureau of Immigration the arrested terrorist for violating immigration law.)
Local authorities were able to arrest Omar with the help of intelligence information given by Indonesian authorities.
Police said the suspect even attempted to trigger the explosion of the bomb attached to his body during the arrest.
He was previously detained in Indonesia but was able to go free.
The PNP suspects the alleged suicide bomber had plans to commit a crime in the Philippines.
He was supposed to meet with an active member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF).
“Convicted na terorista sya sa Indonesia. Nag-serve siya ng one and a half years sa prison for crimes of terrorism sa Indonesia,” said Morales.
(He is a convicted terrorist in Indonesia. He served one a half years in prison for crimes of terrorism in Indonesia.)
Authorities confiscated from Omar an ATM card and more than 250,000 rupiah bills. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue