Authorities have arrested the bomb expert of Maute Group in Cagayan de Oro City, Thursday morning.
Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, spokesperson for the martial law implementation in the Eastern Mindanao Command, said Mohammad Noaim Maute alias ‘Abu Jadid’ was nabbed in Sta. Cruz Macasandig, Cagayan De Oro City by joint military and police personnel.
Abu Jadid is another member of the ISIS-inspired Maute group who is also an alleged bomber of Maute.
Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson, said in an interview on GMA News TV, the ability to make bombs is usually acquired by joining the local terror groups who have access to foreign bomb makers.
He said their investigation and initial custodial debriefing is ongoing.
In an interview on dzBB, Gapay said they are very careful with the identification of the individuals they arrest.
An initial police report said Abu Jadid, a resident of Poblacion Butig, Lanao del Sur and an Arabic teacher, used a fake student identification card under the name of Alfaiz P. Mamintal.
Police said Abu Jadid was initially brought to the CdO Police Station 9 for documentation and proper disposition. He admitted that he is the person in the local terrorist group gallery named Abu Jadid.
A person supposedly bearing the same name was arrested five days ago, also in the city, but was later found out to be not Jadid.
On June 9, joint police and military elements arrested the Maute brothers’ mother Ominta Romato Maute alias “Farhana” in Masiu, Lanao del Sur.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Farhana’s arrest was a big blow to the terrorist group.