Suspected Abu Sayyaf courier arrested in Jolo, bomb parts seized

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Police arrested the wife of an Abu Sayyaf leader on Saturday night over improvised bomb components that were found during a search of their residence in Jolo, Sulu.

Nursita Mahalli Malud is also suspected of being a money courier for the terror group, authorities said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) 7th Special Action Battalion and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Field Unit 9 executed the search warrant at Malud’s residence in Barangay Tulay around 8:30 p.m.

Major William Maisog, Provincial Officer of CIDG 9, in his incident report, said that a search warrant, issued by the Regional Magistrates Court of the 9th Judicial Region of Patikul, had been executed against Malud for possession suspected illegal explosives.

Police alleged that Malud, who is the second wife of Abu Sayyaf deputy leader Mundi Sawadjaan, is a supporter of the Abu Sayyaf group and was responsible for her husband’s finances as well as funds funneled to the group.

Police say Malud was also tasked with finding medical supplies and bomb components for Sawadjaan’s group.

Police recovered components of the bomb, including an 81mm mortar round, detonating cord, detonator, stranded wires attached to the detonator, 9-volt battery with snap connector, container with switch weaponry and other personal effects, including cell phones, SD cards and laptops with intelligence value, and cash receipts.

The suspect was temporarily detained at Jolo Police Station while the seized bomb components and other evidence were taken into the custody of CIDG.

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