Authorities have arrested an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member suspected to be involved in the Kidapawan bus terminal bombing of 2002 that killed seven people, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde announced in Tuesday.
Abdurahman Mataud Daiyung, who was a member of Isnilon Hapilon's group, was arrested on Sunday morning in Ermita, Manila by the joint forces from National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the military.
The ASG member was involved in the Kidapawan bus terminal bombing in 2002 where seven persons were killed and 24 others were wounded.
Daiyung was also accused of being involved in the kidnapping of 15 employees of Golden Harvest Plantation in Lantawan, Basilan.
He was nabbed through a warrant of arrest issued by a Regional Trial Court in Basilan.
Considering that Daiyung was arrested in Manila, NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar assured the public that there are no threats of ASG terror attack in Metro Manila.
“Pero hindi natin pwedeng i-disregard yung possibility na ganun,” Eleazar said.
According to Eleazar, the presence of an ASG member like Daiyung in Metro Manila does not necessarily mean that the terror group was planning an attack in the area because some of them are already inactive members.
“Ang Abu Sayyaf kasi meron silang active, inactive at ang iba naman sympathizers at supporters. In the case sa naaresto natin, right now dinedetermine natin kung siya ba ay active member,” Eleazar said.— MDM/LDF, GMA News