Authorities have nabbed two suspected members of a terrorist group linked to the Islamic State in separate police operations in Laguna last April 26.
Operatives from the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) brought with them a search warrant and raided the suspects’ homes in Sta. Rosa City and Cabuyao town.
Arrested were Jimuel Velasco Dizon and Eddie Boy Alejo Bermejo, both suspected members of Suyuful Khilafa Fil Luzon, a group linked to the 2017 siege in Marawi City led by Islamic State-linked local terrorists.
Authorities recovered from suspects fragmentation grenades, firearms and ammunition, suspected ISIS flags and an improvised explosive device.
According to the CIDG-National Capital Region, the suspects are Islam reverts and remnants of the Khilafah Suyuful Khilafa Fil Luzon who were supposed to go to Marawi during the siege but were prevented because of the presence of government troops in the war-torn city.
The two suspects underwent inquest proceedings in Cabuyao, Laguna for violation of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.