Army, PNP arrest terrorist, recover bomb making paraphernalia

Camp Panacan, Davao City- A local terrorist responsible in the series of bombings in Maaasim, Kiamba and Maitum (MAKIMA) was arrested by joint operating troops of Army and PNP in Brgy Daliao, Maasim, Sarangani province at 1:00pm today.

The local terrorist identified as Mohammad Jaafar Maguid @ Tikboy was apprehended by elements of 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB) and Maasim PNP by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by the court for murder, destructive arson, robbery with violence against and/or intimidation of persons.

The arrested terrorist is a member of the Lawless MILF Group (LMG) and is reportedly the mastermind of the blast in Maasim a month ago that killed one civilian and wounded 32 others. Maguid is also being tagged as one of those who carried out the series of bombings in MAKIMA area that killed several civilians and wounded many others.

Seized from Maguid’s possession were firearms and war materials to include one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Launcher, one M79 Grenade Launcher, one Carbine Rifle, one round of rocket propelled grenade, one hand grenade, one magazine for Carbine and one binocular.

Bomb making paraphernalia were also recovered from Maguid that include two bottles of black powder, one soldering iron, one cellphone, two chargers, one VHF radio and two 9-volt batteries.

In a statement Lt Colonel Edgardo Y de Leon, Commander of 73IB said, “Tikboy is one of those tasked by Ameril Umbra Kato to disrupt the GRP-MILF peace talks by carrying out terror acts in Sarangani. With his arrest, the province would have relative peace and his victims will finally get justice.”

Meanwhile, Major General Reynaldo B Mapagu, the Commander of 10th Infantry Division lauded policemen and soldiers who apprehended Maguid saying the people of MAKIMA are a lot safer now that one of the suspected terrorists will face the court of justice and will be put behind bars if found guilty.

“The crusade against terrorism does not end here. We must unite as one nation and fight all threats to our national development. We call on our people, Muslims, Lumads and Christians alike to join hands in making our community a safe place to live. There is no better way to fight terrorism than understanding and communicating peacefully with each other. Together, let us create an atmosphere of mutual respect and sympathy so that we may journey towards lasting peace in our country,” Mapagu said.

Authorities are hot on the tracks of other suspected terrorists who are responsible in the recent terror attacks in Mindanao.

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