By Joseph Jubelag
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Military and police operatives arrested Tuesday a suspected member of ISIS-inspired local terror group Ansar-Khilafah Philippines (AKP) during a raid Tuesday in Barangay Bawing, this city.
City police director Col Alden Lagradante identified the suspect as Jomar Maan, 23, who yielded an improvised explosive device, rifle grenade. a .38 caliber revolver and ISIS flag after security forces stormed his house in an outskirt village of Upper London, Barangay Bawing.
Authorities tagged the suspect as a trustee of slain AKP leader Mohamad Jaafar Maguid who took the former as his personal cook at the AKP camp in Barangay Daliao, Maasim, Sarangani in 2014 until 2017.
Maguid, who was tagged responsible in a string of bomb attacks in the city and nearby Sarangani, was killed in an encounter with security forces in January 2017 in Kiamba, Sarangani.
Police have filed charges for illegal possession of explosive and firearm against Maan who is presently detained at the detention facility of the local police station here.
Authorities are determining Maan’s involvement in the recent terror attacks perpetrated by the AKP in the city and nearby areas.
The AKP was tagged in the September 2018 bomb attack on a lying-in center in Barangay Apopong, this city which injured at least eight people.
Prior to Maguid’s death, AKP sought affiliation with the ISIS to establish an Islamic State in Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat provinces.