Marwan's widow falls in Lanao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2018 03:10 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2018 07:03 AM

The widow of Malaysian expert Marwan (R) sits with her head bowed after she was arrested in Lanao Del Sur. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - (UPDATED) Authorities on Sunday said they have arrested the widow of slain Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan during a raid in Tubod, Lanao Del Norte. 

The suspect was identified as Juromee Dongon, 45. She is accused of supporting extremist groups and possessing firearms and explosives. 

Dongon was married to a senior leader of the notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group, Khadaffy Janjalani. After his death in 2006, she married Marwan, who was killed in a raid in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 2015, which also left 44 elite policemen and several Moro rebels dead. 

Lawmen found firearms, ammunition and bomb-making components in the houses of Dongon and her relatives. 

"She (Dongon) assists, associates, networks and supports terrorist groups," said regional police spokesman Superintendent Lemuel Gonda. 

"Juromee is linked with Abu Sayyaf during the time of Janjalani and then later Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)," he added, referring to a Southeast Asian militant group. 

Arrested with the widow were her 70-year-old father, 2 sisters and brother-in-law who is a policeman. 

The Dongons face charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. 

Abu Sayyaf is an Islamist militant group which was set up in the 1990s with seed money from the Al-Qaeda network, and has been blamed for the worst terror attacks in the Philippines' history, including bombings.

The Abu Sayyaf had harboured JI militants in their bases in remote southern islands, including key suspects in the Bali bombings.

Security analysts have said widows of militant leaders played important roles in extremist groups as they enhanced the status of their second husbands. With reports from Joey Taguba, ABS-CBN News; Agence France-Presse