Two suspected members of terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS were arrested in Bonifacio Global City, on March 25.
They were identified by the Bureau of Immigration as Husayn Al-Dhafiri, a Kuwaiti national and Rahaf Zina, a Syrian national.
Department of Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said, “Based on official communications forwarded to the Bureau of Immigration by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Husayn Al-Dhafiri a.k.a. Warsh Al-Kuwaiti a.k.a. Abu Muslim Al-Kuwaiti, has links to terrorism and is believed to pose a threat to the national security of the Philippines.”
Likewise, intelligence reports by the Armed Forces of the Philippines stated that Al Dhafiri is involved in explosives manufacturing and is possibly planning an attack in Kuwait.
Immigration records indicated that this is the third time that Al Dhafiri has entered the country using a tourist visa.
Meanwhile, Syrian national Rahaf Zina who claims to be the wife of Al-Dhafiri is allegedly the widow of ISIS top 2 commander Abu Jandal Al Kuwaiti.
No contrabands have been seized from the suspects when they were arrested but they failed to present documents and will be charged for violation of immigration laws.
They are currently undergoing deportation proceedings.
Sec. Aguirre said the Kuwaiti government has requested for Al Dhafiri’s deportation back to them because he is facing charges in the country.
Rahaf Zina will be sent back to her port of origin in Qatar.
Immigration officials also confirmed that the suspects visited Davao City and Cebu City last January.
Security officials are verifying if they made contact with local terrorist groups in the area.
The suspects are being held inside NBI detention facility under tight security. — Roderic Mendoza / UNTV News & Rescue
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