Police raid Misuari house, arrest 2-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Friday, October 4, 2013
ZAMBOANGA CITY (2nd Update) -- Government forces raided Friday the house of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari and arrested a Malaysian national and a suspected Moro rebel.
Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said the Malaysian and the suspected MNLF rebel were nabbed in the vicinity of Misuari’s compound when they conducted the raid.
He said the two arrested persons were seen moving around the compound while the police and military were conducting the search.
Also recovered from the house were improvised explosive device components, Monotom bombs, mortar ammunition, MNLF subversive documents, maps and tarpaulins.
"The (recovered items) may be used as evidence for the rebellion case," said Huesca, referring to the case endorsed by the police on Thursday before the Zamboanga City Prosecutor's Office.
Huesca said the raid was carried out "as part of the legal offensive" aimed to gather more evidences against Misuari, who was charged with rebellion and crimes against humanity in connection with the Zamboanga City standoff.
He said the troops used an "access special charge" to gain entry into the house on San Roque village around 4 a.m.
The troops, he added, were forced to use the special charge because no one was inside to open the gates so they could serve the search warrant.
"During the service of the warrant, the PNP and AFP troops waited long. No one (from the house) came out to answer the knocking of our personnel. So in order to serve the search warrant, we used an access special charge," he said.
"Its main component is water, with a little explosive to push the water. That pushed the gate open... the heavy steel gate," said Huesca.
Security officials earlier said they have evidence to prove the involvement of Misuari in the siege of Zamboanga City last September 9. The crisis was declared over after 20 days by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
The conflict resulted in the death of about 200 MNLF fighters, and capture or surrender of nearly 300 others as government troops launched successful operations to rescue 195 hostages.
Meanwhile, 24 soldiers and policemen died while over 180 others were injured. On the civilian side, 12 were killed and 72 were wounded.
Government forces continue to conduct clearing operations in Zamboanga City since last Sunday to address a few MNLF stragglers and recover bodies, unexploded ammunition and firearms at encounter sites. (With VR/Sunnex)