Suspected Daulah Islamiyah militant arrested in QC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) — A suspected member of the ISIS-inspired Daulah Islamiyah was arrested on New Year’s Day for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa confirmed Thursday the arrest of Datu Omar Palty alias Allan Palte in an entrapment operation by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit in North Fairview, Quezon City.

Palty was arrested at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday for selling firearms, ammunition, and explosives, in violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Law, and RA 9516 or Illegal Possession of Explosives, officials said.

He was a member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) under leader Esmael Abubakar, alias Commander Bungos, according to authorities.

They said Palty later swore allegiance to the Daulah Islamiyah under Abu Turaife.

Upon investigation, it was found that Palty has existing warrants of arrest for his participation in several atrocities in Mindanao.

“Nag-holiday lang siya sa Manila. Incidentally, minalas. Nahuli,” said Gamboa.

[Translation: He only went on a holiday in Manila. Incidentally, it was not his luck. He was arrested.]