Close aide of Hapilon arrested in Zamboanga City

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2017 09:15 PM

Hamsi Amajad Marani, alyas Hamsi, an alleged bomb expert for the Abu Sayyaf group, was arrested in Zamboanga City on Saturday by members of Joint Task Force Zamboanga and the local city police office. Courtesy of Western Mindanao Command

ZAMBOANGA CITY — An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf group, believed to be a close escort of the group's senior leader Isnilon Hapilon, fell into the hands of authorities here Saturday.

Hamsi Amajad Marani, alyas Hamsi, a bomb expert for the Abu Sayyaf, was arrested at Purok 4, Sitio Niyog-Niyog, Barangay Muti, here by members of Joint Task Force Zamboanga and the local city police office.

Reports from soldiers revealed that Marani was seen by a concerned citizen who immediately alerted authorities prompting the arrest.

"The capture of Marani will somehow cripple any possible support being given by Marani to Hapilon as he struggles to leave Marawi to safety," said Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

Hapilon is believed to still be holed up in Marawi along with other members of the Abu Sayyaf and the Maute group.

Marani is said to have been trained by an Indonesian explosives expert who is part of Jemaah Islamiyah. 

Authorities recovered bomb-making materials in the suspect's possession.

Marani is currently under the custody of the Zamboanga Police Office undergoing debriefing.