Sayyaf fighter tagged in 2002 Kidapawan blast arrested in Ermita


Posted at Feb 12 2019 01:15 PM | Updated as of Feb 12 2019 02:19 PM

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MANILA - An Abu Sayyaf member tagged in the 2002 deadly bombing of a bus terminal in the southern province of Kidapawan was arrested over the weekend in Manila, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday. 

The suspect has been in the capital "for just [a] few months" and was working as a welder, Metro Manila police chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said in a press briefing. 

"We are not clear yet as to his purpose here," he said. 

Daiyung's arrest, he added, was an offshoot of the capture of a cohort in December. 

Policemen and soldiers nabbed the suspect Abdurahman Mataud Daiyung in the capital's Ermita District, said PNP chief Oscar Albayalde. 

The PNP has no information on how many of Daiyung's cohorts may be in Metro Manila, but it has not received any credible report of any brewing terrorist attack in the region, Eleazar said. 

Aside from the Kidapawan bombing that killed 7 people and wounded 24 others, Daiyung is also allegedly involved in the abduction of 15 plantation employees in Basilan province in 2001, said Albayalde. 

The kidnapping was headed by Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was killed while leading Islamic State-inspired extremists that laid seige to Marawi City in 2017, said the PNP chief.