2 ASG-affiliated bomb component dealers arrested in Sulu

Joint law enforcement operations of the Joint Task Force–Sulu and Philippine National Police on May 2, 2021 led to the arrest of bomb component traders at Jolo, Sulu.

Joint Task Force – Sulu and 11th Infantry Division Commander MGen William N Gonzales identified the personalities arrested for violation of RA 1059 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act and RA 9516 or Illegal/ Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, Dealing In, Acquisition or Disposition of Firearms, Ammunition or Explosives as Akkang Suraili Omaron of Brgy Tulay, Jolo and Mardan Dammang Jamasali from Brgy Latih, Patikul.

“Through the efforts of the 15th Civil Military Operations Battalion and our collaboration with the 7th Special Action Battalion, PNP SAF under PLtc Balinang, we were able to execute a buy-bust operation around 2:20pm of May 2. Seized from their possesion were the the marked money, ammunition of cal .45 pistols and improvised explosive device components to include several blasting caps, assorted sizes of time fuse cord, about a kilogram of suspected ammonium nitrate, 81mm mortal shell, nails, marbles, aluminum pipes and wire switches,” MGen Gonzales added.

Accordingly, this came into being after a tip-off from a concerned citizen was brought to the attention of 15 Civil Military Operations (15CMO) Battalion which was conducting Community Support Program at Brgy San Raymundo, Jolo. Other units involved in the operation were the Metro Jolo Inter-Agency Task Group and 35th Infantry Battalion.

Per 15CMO Commander Ltc Nelicar Corsino, Omaron and Jamsali were the suppliers of IED components used during the August 24, 2020 Jolo twin blast.

“The capture of the suppliers is a significant development as the components they trade are really devastating if assembled as a bomb. These people who make bombings possible are as twisted as the bombers themselves. Fortunately, us – the police and the military – are backed by the local government and the masses in the province. All of us are hoping and optimistic that we will soon neutralize remaining Abu Sayyaf Group leaders in Sulu,” MGen Gonzales said. 11TH INFANTRY DIVISION