Philippines.- Nine women suspected of planning suicide attacks in the Philippines arrested

Philippines.- Nine women suspected of planning suicide attacks in the Philippines arrested

Among them are relatives of senior officials of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf

MADRID, 23 Feb. 2021 (Europa Press) –

Philippine authorities announced on Tuesday the arrest of nine women who allegedly planned to carry out suicide attacks and added that several of them are widows or daughters of different high-ranking officials of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

The Chief of Police in Western Mindanao, Corleto Vinluan, has detailed that the detainees had received “orientation” on suicide attacks and were preparing homemade explosive devices in their homes.

“They are using wives and widows now because they face difficult times when it comes to recruiting men and it is more difficult to identify and detect female suicide bombers,” added Vinluan, as reported by the Philippine news portal Rappler.

The Police have identified the suspects – among whom are three daughters of Abu Sayyaf Hatib Sauadyan’s senior official – as “potential suicide terrorists”, although they have indicated that they will only file charges for illegal possession of firearms, without recourse. to the antiterrorist law.

According to information provided by the Philippine authorities, Sauadyan’s three daughters have been detained in Joló. During the operations, components destined for the creation of homemade explosive devices have been seized.

Abu Sayyaf is considered the most violent group in the Philippines and maintains ties with the jihadist group Islamic State. The group is classified as a terrorist by the Government of the country, as are the United States and the European Union.

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