Ansar Khilafah member nabbed in Sarangani

Published February 24, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Joseph Jubelag

General Santos City – Police authorities in nearby Sarangani province claimed to have dismantled on Friday a local terror cell, following the arrest of a suspected member of Ansar Khilafah Philippines terror group in Maasim town.

Chief Insp. Alrin Gonzales, regional police spokesperson, identified the arrested suspect as Bebot Abdula, who was nabbed by police intelligence operatives in a raid conducted at his safe house in Barangay Kanalo, Maasim town.

The suspect yielded a .45 caliber pistol and ammunitions.

Police tagged Abdula as one of the key followers of AKP leader Mohamad Jafaar Maguid who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kiamba, Sarangani in January 2017.

Maguid was a former member of a Moro Islamic Liberation Front who founded the AKP, a local terror group which had pledged allegiance to ISIS.