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PNP arrests 3 suspected members of Islamic State

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THE Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested three suspected members of the Islamic State (ISIS) — Daulah Islamiyah Ranao in separate operations at Parañaque City and Rizal province on Friday.

Norodin Abolkhair Manalinding and Cairo Gen Manatao Abolkhair, natives of Madaya Dilod in Marawi City, were nabbed during a surveillance operation at 3:30 a.m. in Baclaran, Parañaque City for violating RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, RA 7166 or an Act Providing for Synchronized National and Local Elections and for Electoral Reforms, and RA 9516 or the Law on Explosives.

“Initial investigation revealed that Norodin Abolkhair Manalinding is allegedly the finance facilitator and recruiter of the said group,” said Lt. Col. Arnold C. Ibay, CIDG-National Capital Region director, at a press conference on May 10.

Authorities were able to seize the following from the two suspects: one 9mm pistol which had no serial number; one magazine; nine bullets; one fragmentation grenade; one .45 caliber pistol; one .45 magazine; six .45 caliber bullets; and one black tactical bag.

Arrested in another operation was Tagoranao Dimaro Sarip Jr. He was arrested at 6 a.m. at Cainta, Rizal through search warrants for violation of RA 10591 and RA 9516.

“Allegedly, Tagoranao is a propagandist and member of the media cell of ISIS responsible in spreading propaganda for the group,” said Mr. Ibay.

Seized from him were: one .45 caliber Colt pistol which had no serial number; one magazine for a .45 caliber pistol; four .45 caliber bullets; one hand grenade; one plastic box; one black flag; and one black sling bag. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras

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