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15 août 2020 | 11h41 UTC

Philippines: Authorities arrest suspected Abu Sayyaf militant in Davao City August 13

Philippines Alerte de sécurité

Authorities arrest suspected Abu Sayyaf militant in Davao City (Davao del Sur region) on August 13; militant activity possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 15/8/2020, 12h00 until 17/8/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Davao, Davao del Sur

Event

A suspected Abu Sayyaf militant leader was arrested in Davao City (Davao del Sur region) on Thursday, August 13. The suspect, Abduljihad Susukan, has been charged with 23 murders, five kidnappings, and six attempted murders, according to a police spokesperson. Reports indicate that the assailant handed himself into authorities after being wounded in battle, although this remains unconfirmed. Abduljihad was reportedly flown to the capital Manila on Friday, August 14, where he will face trial. 

Militant attacks and activity are possible in the near term following the arrest of Abduljihad.

Context

Abu Sayyaf is an Islamic State (IS)-affiliated jihadist militant group primarily operating in the southern Philippines. It is notorious for kidnapping people for ransom, especially in southwestern Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.

Advice

Those in the Philippines are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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