CAGAYAN de Oro City--Elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the ‘Task Force Oro,’ backed by tanks and soldiers, raided the suspected hideout of the alleged ISIS terror group in an outskirt subdivision here early Wednesday morning.
The law enforcers seized firearms, ammunitions, hand grenades and ammonium nitrates, used in the making of improvised explosive device, and an “ISIS flag” during a raid on one of the three adjacent houses in Villa Candida, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro Wednesday morning.
A military tank secured the entrance of the subdivision along the highway in Bulua as the “Task Force Oro” composed of the military and the police secured all entrances and exits of the subdivision.
PLT/Col. Choli Jun P. Caduyac, head of the CIDG in Northern Mindanao, said that the suspects identified as Abdulraman Limpao Ampang and Abdul Jalil Abubakar Saruwang were not around when the law enforcers swooped down on the three residential houses in the subdivision.
Caduyac said that the suspects were reportedly members of “Dawla Islameya Lanao,” a terrorist group, allied with the ISIS, an international terrorist group based in the Middle East.
The intelligence community is also validating information that the suspects were recruiting members for the “Dawla Islameya Lanao” group in Cagayan de Oro and its neighboring cities were there are Moslem community.
He said that the suspects were among the remnants of the Marawi siege associated with the “Maute Terror Group” with standing warrant of arrests and were the object of intensive surveillance since February this year when their presence were spotted in Cagayan De Oro.
Caduyac said that there are more than 100 suspects identified with the Maute Terror Group with active warrant of arrests who are scattered in Mindanao and are now an object of manhunt.
According to the law enforces, the capability of the suspects to sow terror in Cagayan de Oro City, the port capital of about 800,000 people in Northern Mindanao, cannot be underestimated.
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