DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she was happy with the recent arrest of an identified terrorist recruiter who is connected to the Roxas Night Market blast in 2016.
"I commend the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police units in making sure that those who are responsible for Roxas Night Market bombing on Roxas Avenue is put to justice, nalipay ta sa nahitabo nga nag-surrender ang isa ka suspect," she said.
Based on reports, 36-year-old Karen Aizha Hamidon was found to be the wife Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, a.k.a. Tokboy a.k.a. Abu Sharifa, the former leader of the Ansar Khalifa Philippines, a group responsible for the September 2016 Davao City night market bombing in cooperation with the Maute Group, as well as the failed attempt to bomb the US Embassy in Manila in December 2016.
Hamidon was arrested in her home in Taguig City by NBI agents on October 11.
Based on reports, the NBI agents arrested Hamidon on October 11 after she posted a message on several online groups and social media application Telegram calling on Muslims to come to the Philippines and join the fight against the government forces in Marawi City in order to establish a province of the Islamic State.
Armed with a search warrant, the agents seized her cellphone, laptop, tablet and other electronic devices used in her illegal activities.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on October 20, 2017.
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