ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 May) – Authorities intercepted a plan to bomb vital installations in this city with the recent arrest of an alleged Abu Sayyaf bomb expert here, said Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, acting city police chief.
He said the Abu Sayyaf plans to bomb gasoline stations and other highly vulnerable public areas in the city.
However, Casimiro said such plan was disrupted with the arrest of Nujir Ahidji, alias Abu Jomar, and the recovery of bomb-making components.
Ahidji was arrested when the combined Task Force Zamboanga and local police operatives, armed with a search warrant, raided his house in 5th Street, Southcom village, Barangay Upper Calarian here at around 7 a.m. last Saturday.
The raiding team recovered from the possession of Ahidji a mobile phone, electrical wirings, adhesive tapes and blasting caps.
Casimiro said that appropriate charges have been filed against Ahidji.
The police official said the terror group is also targeting to attack the local bomb squad and security personnel since they are the first to respond to any bombing activity.
Casimiro said that Ahidji’s group is reportedly connected with terror cells operating in Sulu and Basilan provinces, with some of its members conducting terror activities as far as North Cotabato.
He said the group has new recruits and new graduates who have conducted a bombing mission in Pikit, North Cotabato.
Casimiro said they have the tightened security to avert bomb attacks in this city. (MindaNews)