CAMP RAFAEL CRAME . Quezon City (DWDD) – Captured foreign terrorist Fehmi Lassoued alias John Rasheed Lassqoued was said to be recruiting Filipinos to join the terror group ISIS
Lassoued was apprehended by a joint Armed Forces of the Philippines – Philipine National Police (AFP-PNP) operations in M. Adriatico, Ermita, Manila
This was revealed by PNP chief Police Director General Ronald Bato dela Rosa after they presented Lassqoued to the media. The terroroist is an Egyptian National bearing a fake Tunisian passport.
The suspect was arrested during a search operation together with his Filiina girlfriend. Recovered in their possession were assorted firearms and ammunition together with materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices.
According to dela Rosa, the operation was launched based on information provided by foreign intelligence agencies alerting local authorities on the presence of Lassqoued, a ay former ISIS commander along the Syrian-Turkish border.
They added that Lassqoued previously acted as negotiator between ISIS ang local officials of Syria and Turkey, and he is now in the Philippines as a recruitment officer for the terror group. Dela Rosa however declined to reveal how many Lassoued was able to recruit, although they are looking into reports of radicalized youths that allegedly joined the group.
According to Lassqoued travel records, he came to the Philippines on July 26, 2016 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; he then flew to Istanbul Turkey on August 22, 2016; returned to Manila last August 24, 2016; flew again to Kuala Lumpur on July 18, 2017; and then returned to Manila on November 9, 2017. AES