PNP to probe link of dead cop to Abu Sayyaf

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    PNP chief Debold Sinas has ordered a thorough probe on the possible links of a Zamboanga City policeman, who was killed in a police operation in Zamboanga City on Wednesday, with the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group.

    “We want to know the extent of his involvement with the terrorist organization and to further establish other linkages, “Sinas said, referring to S/Sgt. Jamiri Hawang Abraham, who carries the aliases Jamz and Abz Salip Adzhar Alidjam.

    Abraham, assigned with the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Zamboanga City police station, died after he fought it out with fellow cops while he was being served a search warrant for illegal possession of explosives in Barangay Mampang.

    Reports said Abraham opened fire against the operating lawmen, who returned fire.

    Abraham was rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center where he died of gunshot wounds he sustained during the shootout.

    Recovered at the scene were several improvised explosive device components that were the subject of the search, along with two pistols and an assault rifle.

    Sinas said Abraham, listed in the 2019 Periodic Status Report of Terrorist Financing activities of the Abu Sayyaf Group-Dawlah Islamiya, is a relative of Abu Sayyaf leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, who was killed in a firefight with soldiers in Patikul, Sulu in July 2019.

    Police said Abraham is also a cousin of Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Ben Quirino, alias Ben Tatoh; and Muammar Askali, who was killed in a firefight with government troops in Inabanga, Bohol in April 2017.

    “It is unfortunate that his blood relationship and affinity with terrorist personalities may have compromised his professional integrity as a police officer,” Sinas said.

    PNP-Intelligence Group records also revealed Abraham’s involvement in past kidnapping activities of the Abu sub-leader Alhabsi Misaya in Patikul, Sulu, a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf. Misaya was killed by soldiers in a firefight in Indanan, Sulu in April 2017.

    Police said Abraham was also monitored to have “direct communication” with Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan regarding a planned transport of an improvised bomb from Sulu to Zamboanga.