GOVERNMENT troops have arrested a leader and three followers of the Dawlah Islamiya (DI) extremist group and seized firearms and explosives in Lanao del Sur, the military reported Saturday, May 27, 2023,.

Major General Antonio Nafarrete, Joint Task Force (JTF)-ZamPeLan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao provinces) commander, said they were arrested by troopers of the 32nd Infantry Battalion (IB) together with Moro Islamic Liberation Front members on Thursday, May 25, in Pabrika village, Marugong, Lanao del Sur.

The arrested DI extremists include Abu Rasas, 18, one of the key leaders under Fajarudin Pumbaya Pangalian, the Amir of DI-Philippines; Saidi, 18, brother Abu Sham, a DI-Lanao sub-leader; and, the other two are minors aged 16 and 14.

They were arrested while the 32IB troops acted on information from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front members under Esmail Cosain, alias Commander Delta, regarding the presence of unidentified armed men in Pabrika village, Marugong.

Seized from them were: one M-14 rifle, one M16A1 rifle, one R4 rifle, one M-203 Grenade Launcher, one Springfield rifle, five improvised explosive devices, five M-203 Grenade Launcher ammunition, and assorted magazines and ammunition.

The arrested suspects were detained while formal charges are set to be filed against them (SunStar Zamboanga)