Published: Friday 17 November, 2017

Abu Sayyaf Attacks at Malls, Public Places Foiled During ASEAN Summit

Now it can be revealed: Members of the Abu Sayyaf tried to launch attacks during the ASEAN Summit. But intelligence officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP),  National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) were able to foil the Abu Sayyaf planned attacks and arrest the perpetrators.

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The arrested Abu Sayyaf plotters presented to the media. (screen grab CNN PH)

The PNP presented the three alleged Abu Sayyaf terrorists to the media Friday morning. They were identified as Abdulgaffar Jikiri alias Abu Bakar Jikiri, 19, of No.5 Al-Salaam St., 504-G Salaam Compound Barangay Culiat; Sadam Jhofar, 24; and Alim Sabtalin, 19, both of 504-G, Salaam Compound, Barangay Culiat. All three are from Basilan.

According to the PNP, gathered intelligence revealed the three were planning to launch attacks at certain mall, the Quezon Memorial Circle and other public places to sow disorder and divert attention from the ASEAN Summit. Jikiri dropped hints about these in in social media account.

The suspects were simultaneously arrested in the afternoon of November 10. Seized from the suspects were two M203 Rifle grenades, an assortment of high caliber firearms, various ammunition and a number of cellphones.

The Abu Sayyaf members will be accordingly charged.

The 2017 ASEAN Summit was generally peaceful aside from a number of violent demonstrations in Manila and areas surrounding the summit venue.