Zamboanga City - Joint elements of PRO9 Regional Intelligence Division Zamboanga City Police Station 4, Joint Task Force Zambasulta (JTFZ) NAVSOG, MARSOG, NISGWM, AISGWM, and TFZ Bomb Squad conducted a law enforcement operation against the presence of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components and a suspected Abu Sayyaf Group member identified as certain “Alkobar” who is the primary target of the operation at the identified safe house located in Sitio Gapuh, Barangay Talabaan at about 11:30 PM of June 20, 2015.
“Alkobar” is involved in a kidnapping incident in Golden Harvest at Tairan, Lamitan, Basilan province. He has a standing warrant of arrest for Kidnapping and Serious illegal Detention. During said operation, Alkobar was not found at the safe house. However, said elements were able to discover near the vicinity of the safe house an IED. EOD personnel from of Philippine Army Bomb Squad immediately disrupted the bomb and separated it from an empty LPG tank which is believed to be readied for assembly. Several IED components, which include ANFO, blasting caps, safety fuse, telephone and electrical wires, and an empty LPG tank were recovered by the EOD personnel of Phil Army Bomb Squad
Additionally, one Salam Arula y Naim, 41, native of Lampinigan, Lantawan, Basilan is the person chanced upon by the authorities at the safe house where he is temporarily residing. Thereafter, he was subjected to a body search, yielding a suspected drug paraphernalia in his wallet. Recovered IED components were brought to ZCPS4 and were turned-over to Regional Crime Laboratory Office 9 for proper disposition. Suspected ASG member was taken to Zamboanga City Police Station 4 for further investigation.
-with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul, RPIO9