Notorious BIFF terrorist captured in Quezon City

COTABATO CITY – Police forces captured a notorious Filipino terrorist – whose group was behind the spate of deadly attacks on military targets in the restive southern region of Mindanao – in an operation in Quezon City, about 13 kilometers from the main headquarters of the Philippine National Police. 

Police Chief Archie Francisco Gamboa said Datu Omar Palty Jr alias Allan Palte was captured in the village called Fairview on New Year’s Day and is currently being interrogated. He said Palty is a member of a faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters under Esmael Abubakar and allied with the terrorist group Dawlah Islamiyah under Esmael Adbulmalik.

Palty yielded a grenade and a pistol when nabbed by policemen, according to Gamboa, who said that the terrorist also serves as the point man of the BIFF in Metro Manila and coordinates with Dawlah Islamiya militants from Sulu and Basilan provinces.

He also arranged the June 2019 travel to Manila of a pair of militants Arnel Cabintoy and Feliciano Sulayo, both members of Dawlah Islamiyah, but were eventually arrested in Quezon City a day after their arrival from the province. Palty was tagged as behind an attack on a military camp in North Cotabato’s Midsayap town that killed 2 soldiers in 2009, and assaulted an army detachment in the town of Aleosan in 2014, Gamboa said.

Gamboa said Palty and his companion also murdered a couple and a security guard in San Simon town in Pampanga province in 2015.

It was unclear whether Palty and his group were planning terror attacks in the metropolis. Gamboa said they have tightened security in Metro Manila following Palty’s capture.

Source: Mindanao Examiner

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