The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday evening said that the backbone of the Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines (AKP) was broken with the neutralization of its leader.
"I strongly believe that we have effectively broken the backbone of the militant Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines (AKP) with the neutralization of its leader Mohammad Jaafar Maguid alias "Tokboy" and the arrest of three members of his cell," PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday evening.
Maguid was killed and his three men were arrested during a National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)-initiated police operation launched by the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12 shortly after midnight Thursday morning at Angel Beach Resort, Barangay Kitagas, Kiamba, Sarangani.
Maguid is "No. 1 Most Wanted Person" in Region 12 for the crimes of murder (2 counts), destructive arson, arson robbery with violence and/or intimidation of person, and murder with criminal cases.
The Alabel, Sarangani Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 38 and the Pasig City RTC Branch 271 have earlier issued the warrants of arrest against Maguid.
Source: Philippines News Agency