Friday, November 13, 2015

MILF bomb expert collared in North Cotabato





MILF bomb expert collared in North Cotabato

CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – A bomb expert and former member of Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Special Operations Group (MILF-SOG) was arrested by combined forces of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in a joint law enforcement operation in North Cotabato last Wednesday, November 11.

The said former MILF senior bomb expert, Abdul Manap Mentang, aka Manny/Manap/Al-Molk, was arrested in Barangay Panatan, Pigcawayan, Cotabato by virtue of standing warrants of arrest issued separately by Davao City and Cotabato City Regional Trial Courts for multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder.

He is responsible in the Sasa Wharf and Ecoland terminal bombing in Davao City in 2003 that killed 23 civilians and injured 127 others.

Previous investigations revealed that Mentang was included in the first batch of a 15-man group that was trained on basic demolition for urban terrorism by the Jemaah Islamiyah in 1995. He was also known to have trained some MILF members on bomb-making during that time.

He was arrested in Santa Ana, Manila in October 2004 but was released from jail after three months due to lack of evidence against him.

Mentang is now under the custody of PNP in Davao City.



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