(Eagle News) — The Philippine National Police on Tuesday confirmed that there have been already members of the terrorist Maute group in Metro Manila.
National Capital Region Police Office head Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde made the affirmation following the arrest of Nasif Ibrahim, 35, in Salam Compound, Culiat, Quezon City, on Monday.
“Ang alam natin, meron talaga silang contact dito, meron silang members dito na prumoprotekta sa kanila, kagaya nito (suspect),” Albayalde stated throughout a press convention.
Albayalde stated Ibrahim–who was arrested at 9:20 p.m.– is one of these answerable for the tried bombing of the United States Embassy on November 28, 2016.
He stated Ibrahim was the motive force of a Revo that transported the improvised explosive system from Mindanao to Metro Manila by way of a roro.
The bomb squad was capable of defuse the IED after a streetsweeper reported seeing a suspicious-looking object inside a garbage can close to the embassy to the police.
The police have but to search out the car.
According to Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Quezon City Police District director, Ibrahim was additionally the nephew of the subleader of the Maute members behind the foiled bombing.
Their chief, he stated, was Yusuf Makoto, who’s believed to be in hiding in Tanza, Cavite.
“Yung grupo na ito got here from Mindanao. Siya (Ibrahim) nagprovide ng lodging days earlier than (the) November 28 foiled bombing. Siya nag-arrange ng lodging. And then sila (the group) rin contact ni Rashid Quilala and different three Balik-Islam arrested after the foiled bombing,” he stated.
According to Albayalde, Ibrahim has lived in Quezon City since 1992, and even owns a sari-sari retailer, and a ticketing and cash remittance outlet.
He stated his arrest was made doable by the “close coordination” between the police and the neighborhood.
Recovered from Ibrahim had been a Colt cal. .45 pistol loaded with 4 reside ammunition, one .cal .45 pistol, one machine pistol, one 60 mm. mortar shell, and 7 plastic sachets containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride.
While PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa acknowledged that the Maute group was “strongest ISIS-inspired” group in the nation to date, he stated that there was no have to panic.
“I… urge our people to remain calm and alert and vigilant of the presence of threat groups in our midst. The PNP, in cooperation with the military, remains on high alert against any threat to peace and order, and public safety,” Dela Rosa stated.