MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) have gotten hold of a fifth suspect in a plot to bomb the US mbassy in Manila in November last year.
The suspect, Nasip S. Ibrahim, was presented to the media by PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa yesterday.
Ibrahim, who hails from Marawi City in Mindanao, allegedly drove all the way from his home city to Manila through roll-on/roll-off ships to deliver the improvised explosive device (IED). The explosive was planted 200 meters away from the American embassy but did not go off.
Ibrahim, according to Dela Rosa, also sheltered members of a Mindanao-based terror group in his house at 31-A Libyan Street, Salaam Compound Quezon City.
Ibrahim’s house was raided last Monday by police operatives who recovered an improvised 60 mm mortar shell with detonator. The explosive was supposed to be detonated at the procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila or at the Miss Universe pageant finals in the Mall of Asia Arena last January.
Also recovered from Ibrahim’s house were two .45-caliber pistols, a KG 9 mm machine pistol, and seven sachets of crystal meth, locally known as “shabu”.
During the presentation of Ibrahim, Dela Rosa said, “This discovery leads us to believe that the Maute group has already established a presence here in Metro Manila. I do not want to sound alarmist or cause panic, but prudence, it has been said, is the better part of valor. I therefore, urge our people to remain calm yet alert and vigilant to the presence of threat groups in our midst.”
On the other hand, Oscar Albayalde, head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said: “we have arrested four suspects and it turns out (Nasip Ibrahim) is their main contact here. He provided them with a safe haven because he’s been living in Culiat since 1992.”
The names of the four other suspects were not revealed but the police identified the mastermind of the plot as Yusof Macoto. GAC/Expat Media
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