CAMP RAFAEL CRAME, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a successful joint counter-terrorism operation that led to the capture of suspected foreign terrorist.
PNP Chief PDG Ronald Dela Rosa and Civil Relations Service, AFP Chief BGen Bienvenido Datuin presented to members of the media Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassoned, a native of Syria, and his Filipina companion, Anabel Moncera Salipada, 32, of Upi, Maguindanao.
The same AFP-PNP joint operations framework help defeat the 5-month IS-inspired conflict in Marawi City last year.
The suspects were arrested at Room 409 of Casa Blanca Apartment along M, Adriatico, Malate, Manila during a search conducted by operatives of the Regional Police Intelligence Operations Unit (RPIOU) of NCRPO and the AFP Joint Special Operations Group on orders of Hon. Benjamin T. Pozon, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 139 of Makati City. Lassqued and Salipada were promptly placed under arrest upon the discovery of assorted firearms, ammunition and components for Improvised Explosive Device (IED) such as electronic circuits, resistors, capacitors, batteries, and pipe fittings. Lassqued, who carried a Tunisienne passport is believed to be a member of an international terrorist organization.
A thorough investigation is now underway to determine the extent of their involvement with international and domestic threat groups.
The arrest of Lassqued and Salipada may have effectively thwarted whatever hostile activities they were up to, but we will not lower our guard rather we will continue to mount proactive operations against terrorism. AES / ALS