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IED ‘dealer’ nabbed in Zamboanga City

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A man allegedly involved in selling improvised explosives, some of which were reported to have reached the hands of the Abu Sayyaf, was arrested during an entrapment in Zamboanga City early Friday, police reported.

Suspect Maji Juhuri was arrested in Sitio Bactus, Barangay Talabaan, around 3:30 a.m., according to a report from the Zamboanga Peninsula regional police.

Intelligence personnel, along with members of other police units, carried out the operation at Juhuri’s home.

Operatives confiscated two non-electric blasting caps, a 2-liter bottle allegedly containing the incendiary substance ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO), a 37-centimeter time fuse, and a 1.7-meter time fuse, as well as the P1,000 bill and fake money used in the sting.

According to police, Juhuri is primarily engaged in dynamite fishing, but some of his IEDs and components were sold to Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf members.

He was previously arrested for the same violation in February 2018 while his group was transporting 20 sacks of ammonium nitrate, but later got released after posting bail, police said.

Juhuri is now under the custody of Zamboanga City Police Station 4 while charges are being prepared against him.

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