A known bomber of the Abu Sayyaf was arrested in a joint law enforcement operation facilitated by the combined elements of the 44th Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police in Barangay Bangkaw-bangkaw, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay Province at 9am today, July 24.
Isnaji Hasim, who operated under Basilan-based ASG leader Furuji Indama, is a close associate of Hashim Saripa, one of the perpetrators of the Lamitan bombing incident last July 31, 2018 that resulted in the deaths of 10 victims and wounding of 9 others.
He was also involved in the Zamboanga City bus terminal bombing on January 23, 2015 that killed 2 and wounded 52 more innocent civilians.
“Our appreciation goes to the concerned civilian who gave the information to the troops that led to the arrest of Hasim,” said 102nd Brigade Commander Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan.
“This is an evidence that even the locals denounce the presence of terrorists in their communities. 102nd Infantry Brigade will continue to hunt down the remaining insurgents who are planning to conduct atrocities in the area,” BGen Gaerlan added.
Recovered from Hasim were 1 Caliber .30 BAR rifle, 1 grenade, improvised explosive, blasting caps, and other bomb paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander Major General Roberto Ancan, said, “Trust, confidence, and support we get from the civilians, stakeholders, and local government units will result in a successful law enforcement operation.”
“Rest assured that we will work doubly hard in order to sustain our gains in peace and development efforts in this part of Western Mindanao,” MGen Ancan added.
WestMinCom Commander Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana lauded the troops for the successful operation and extended his gratitude to the informant.
“With the support of the PNP and other line agencies, we are confident that our sustained law enforcement efforts will soon reap more feats,” added LtGen Sobejana. WESTMINCOM.COM