Thursday, May 25, 2017

Young Filipino ISIS member part of beheading video, responsible for stronger terrorist attacks

Online news outfit Rappler released a story on a “Filipino millennial” who was one of the three Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) members who beheaded three Caucasians in a viral 20-minute video.

The Filipino was identified as 26-year-old Mohammad Reza Kiram who, along with an Indonesian and Malaysian ISIS member, beheaded 3 male Caucasians believed to be spies of the terrorist group.

“Mag-ingat kayo at maging malakas, huwag kayong magpadala sa mapanlinlang na taktika ng bagong halal na … si Duterte. Sumpain siya ng Allah,” Kiram said in the video.

The video used the dialects of each member to urge other Islamists to join the jihad.

“If you cannot go to [Syria], join up and go to the Philippines,” said the Malaysian identified as Mohammed Rafi Udin.

Kiram was revealed to be a native of Zamboanga City. He brought his wife and daughter to Syria on May 20, 2015.

He was believed to be a member of Ansar al-Khalifa, also known as AKP, Ansar Khalifa Philippines, Ansar al-Khilafah or Ansar Khilafah, which was formerly a part of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The AKP operates all over central Mindanao with linkages to MIT or Mujahidin Indonesia Timur, an Indonesian arm of the ISIS group. 
One of the AKP’s prominent leaders, Mohammed Jaafar Maguid, was recently killed around January 2017. 

It was Kiram’s videoed message to Islam extremists that was pinpointed as the source of intensified terrorist attacks in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.

The Maute group who headlined news this week after attacking Marawi City, Lanao del Sur and forcing President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Martial Law was responsible for previous bombings in a night market in Davao City last September 2, 2016. The incident killed 14 people and injured 70.

The same terrorist group was responsible for attacking a military camp and establishing three strongholds in Lanao del Sur around February 20 to March 1, 2016, however, state forces have since regained control of the area.

On April 21, 2016, Maute was also responsible for the decapitation of two sawmill workers in orange jumpsuits in the same fashion as ISIS executions.

In August 2016, the terrorist group was responsible for freeing jailed Maute members, while in November they sieged Butig, Lanao del Sur and replaced the Philippine flag in the old town hall with an ISIS flag, and they were also linked to the failed bombing near the US Embassy in Manila.

Maute is led by Abdullah Maute. His father, Cayamora Maute, is renowned for being a senior official of the MILF. The Maute family have been tracked by the government since 2007 after they were documented living and working for JI.

Source: Rappler

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