Two alleged members of the Daulah Islamiyah group were nabbed over the weekend during a police operation in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said the suspects identified as Arnel Cabintoy, alias Abu Mus’Ab, and Feliciano Sulayao, alias Abu Muslim, are “Islam converts who joined the Daulah Islamiyah Philippines under Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.”
LOOK: Authorities nab Arnel Cabintoy and Feliciano Sulayao, alleged ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) members during a police operation in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. | via: @tribunephl_ana pic.twitter.com/ARCyjqDnqG
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Sawadjaan assumed leadership of the terrorist group after Isnilon Hapilon died in 2017.
Cabintoy and Sulayao will be charged for illegal possession of explosive device as they were carrying blasting caps and grenades when arrested.
“Although there is no direct evidence linking them to any terrorist activity in Metro Manila, an investigation is underway to uncover the circumstances surrounding their presence in the city to possibly identify the persons who provided them sanctuary,” he said.