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Foreign intel officers in PHL to probe arrested terror suspects

Some foreign intelligence officers arrived in the country to investigate the arrested foreign couple suspected to have links withh international terror group ISIS, GMA News' Sandra Aguinaldo reported on 24 Oras on Friday.

Husayn Al-Dhafiri, a Kuwaiti man, and Rahaf Zina, a Syrian woman, were arrested along 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City on March 25. 

Based on official communications forwarded to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Husayn Al-Dhafiri alias Warsh Al-Kuwaiti and Abu Muslim Al-Kuwaiti has links to terrorism and is believed to pose a threat to national security, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said.

The two have undergone interrogation, the report said, but authorities refused to disclose any information yet.

The authorities added that after the investigation, the suspects will be deported to their respective countries.

Meanwhile, the report said Al-Dhafiri has entered the country eight times before he was arrested. They were on:

  • January 28, 2016
  • March 2, 2016
  • May 6, 2016
  • May 29, 2016
  • August 17, 2016
  • October 10, 2016
  • December 20, 2016
  • January 28, 2017

"In his arrival records... that he took the flight from Malaysia, Korea, Doha and Thailand," said Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Ma, Antonette Mangrobang.

On the other hand, ACTS OFW party-list Rep. John Bertiz earlier said the suspect was the operational manager of Winston Q8, a medical service provider ordered closed by the Department of Health for allegedly violating anti-monopoly law. 

"Lahat ng lumalabas na circular memorandum coming from Winston Q8, it's the same name nung nahuli na ISIS, so kung ito talaga ay may kinalaman ang Winston Q8 at tsaka ang ISIS, ibig sabihin 'yung operations ng ISIS dito ay ang nagpo-pondo ay mismong mga OFW," Bertiz said.

"Kailangan ma-trace natin kung saan napunta 'yung ilang daang milyon na kinita ng Winston Q8 kasi hindi sila nagi-issue ng mga resubo," he added. —Anna Felicia Bajo/KBK, GMA News

Tags: isis, terrorism