PNP probes slain Zambo cop’s alleged Abu Sayyaf links

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) - Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas has ordered an investigation on the alleged involvement of a slain cop in Zamboanga City with the Abu Sayyaf.

The cop was identified as SSgt. Jamiri Hawang Abraham, who died early Wednesday during an operation based on a search warrant issued by a local court.

"We want to know the extent of his involvement with the terrorist organization and to further establish other linkages," Sinas said in a statement.

The PNP said Abraham was listed in the 2019 Periodic Status Report of Terrorist Financing activities of the ASG-Dawlah Islamiya. He is said to have "family ties" with ASG leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, who is the alleged mastermind in the Jolo bombing in 2019.

The PNP also said Abraham is allegedly involved in past kidnapping activities of the ASG in Sulu.

The police added that the cop was monitored to be in "direct communication" with the ASG-Dawlah Islamiya leader Mundi Sawadjaan, who is a suspect in another bomb attack in Jolo last year, regarding the planned transport of explosives from Sulu to Zamboanga.

The PNP said Abraham shot at operative who returned fire. He died due to gunshot wounds.

Authorities were able to recover several improvised explosive device components, two pistols, and an assault rifle, the PNP said.