A man was arrested after being caught in possession of materials that can be used to make an improvised bomb, supposedly from the Abu Sayyaf, during a raid in Zamboanga City on Wednesday night, police reported.
Arrested was Tony Asmun, 57, a resident of Brgy. Kasanyangan, according to a report from the Zamboanga Peninsula regional police.
Members of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s Zamboanga City Field Unit, along with other police units, the Marines, and intelligence operatives, carried out the raid at Asmun’s home around 7:20 p.m.
They confiscated a 90RR high-explosive anti-tank projectile that already had a detonating cord connected to it, a 9-volt battery, battery snap connector, pressure switch, and an improvised blasting cap, the report said.
Before the operation, there was an intelligence information which stated that an Abu Sayyaf member identified only by the alias “Putoh” left Brgy. Seronggon in Hadji Mohamad Ajul, Basilan, aboard a pump boat and landed in Brgy. Mariki, Zamboanga City.
He reportedly brought with him the IED, which were concealed in a sack of charcoal and mixed with three other sacks. The IED was said to have been brought later to the house of Asmun and Nurmina Camlian “for safekeeping,” police said.