Alleged Cotabato mall bombing mastermind dies in clash with police

The alleged mastermind of the New Year’s eve 2018 bombing of a shopping mall in Cotabato City died in an encounter with police shortly after midnight, December 1.

Abraham Abad Abdulrahman a.k.a. ABU SUFFIAN died in a a gunbattle with a composite police team implementing a Search Warrant in Barangay Bagua 2, Cotabato City at 1:30 AM on December 1, 2020.

Sinas extended the commendation of the national leadership to the operating teams that participated in the operation even as he urged other PNP units to intensify efforts against terrorist personalities belonging to domestic and transnational threat groups.

PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas, citing a post-operation report from Police Colonel Warren De Leon, Acting Director of the PNP Intelligence Group, said a joint team from the Counter-Terrorism Division of Regional Intelligence Units 12 & 15 of PNP-IG; CIDG-BAR Regional Field Unit; PNP Special Action Force; and Cotabato City Police Office implemented a Search Warrant on the residence of Jasmiyah Camsa Imbrahim on orders of Hon. Allan Edwin Boncavil, Acting Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 19 of Isulan City, Sultan Kudarat.

Abu Suffian, who is believed to be the husband of Jasmiyah offered stiff resistance to the lawful search and engaged the police team in a firefight. He was armed with a cal.45 pistol and a hand grenade. Jasmiyah, however, managed to escape.

The raiding team recovered a 60mm high-explosive mortar projectile, IED components, and a motorcycle.

Six minor children were rescued from the area of encounter while another woman found in the house was placed under custody.

Police records identified Abu Suffian as a member of the Dawlah Islamiya who attended IED training in 2015 in Barangay Butril Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat under the late Mohammad Jaafar Maguid a.k.a. Tokboy Maguid of the Ansar al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP).

Abu Suffian took part in the siege of Butig and Marawi City, Lanao del Sur with the Maute Group, and is among the masterminds of the South Seas Mall bombing in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018, that killed two persons and wounded 30 others.

He escaped the military-police operation in Marawi City along with some widows of fallen jihadists and sought refuge in Maguindanao.

Lately, he is operating under Salahuddin Hassan and IED expert Abu Naim, under the direct supervision of Abu Turaife of the DI-BIFF for whom he was purchasing IED components and medical supplies. PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE