3 Abu Sayyaf men, Coast Guard member arrested in Zamboanga

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    THREE Abu Sayyaf members and a member of the Philippine Coast Guard were arrested in military and police operations in Zamboanga City on Friday and Sunday, PNP chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan said yesterday.

    Cascolan named the three Abu Sayyaf members as Kadja Sadji, 31; Abdulman Sarapuddin Tula alias Mahn, 32; and Anang Mohammad alias Usi while the PCG member was identified as Apprentice Seaman Al-Rafee Jailani.

    Cascolan said the PNP is determining Jailani’s role in the activities of the Abu Sayyaf.

    Cascolan said Jailani, Sadji, and Tula were nabbed by policemen on Friday in Barangay Lower Calarian by virtue of a search warrant for illegal explosives.

    Seized from them were bomb components hidden in a can of cookies, two hand grenades, a cal.45 pistol, several rounds of 5.56mm rifle ammunition, and a black ISIS flag, among others.

    Cascolan said Sadji and Tula are associated with Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan who was tagged masterminded of the August 24 twin suicide bombings in Jolo, Sulu, which left 17 people dead, including the two female suicide bombers.

    “Tula is identified in police records as in charge of procuring logistics and provisions for the groups of Sawadjaan and (Abu Sayyaf leader) Radullan Sahiron in Sulu,” said Cascolan.

    Cascolan said Sadji is the wife of Al Asgar, son of the late Abu Sayyaf founding leader Abdurajak Janjalani.

    PCG spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo said Jailani slept in the house of his classmate, PCG Seaman Second Class Moh Yusop Sadji, a brother of the arrested Sadji.

    Balilo said Jailani was arrested by the policemen after he was found illegally carrying a pistol.