The bomb expert that government forces arrested on April 22, 2017 (Saturday) turns out to be a leader of a terrorist group linked with the Islamic State and has been aided by a police officer.
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Reneer “Renren” Dongon, an alleged bomb expert, is one of the key officers of Khilafa Islamiyah Mindanao, an organization that has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, intelligence sources reported.
The nabbed terrorist leader is a known bombardment instructor and expert in making improvised explosives. He was held accountable for planting an IED in Maxandrea Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City on October 11, 2012.
Dongon is the brother-in-law of slain Abu Sayyaf leaders Khadaffy Janjalani, the late Jemaah Islamiyah leader Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, and Ahmad Santos, a leader of the Rajah Solaiman Movement.
One of the Abu leaders, Marwan, is the Malaysian bomb maker who was killed during the Mamasapano raid that ended up with 44 police commandoes dead.
Dongon’s expertise in bomb-making is attributed to his close ties with Marwan. The recently arrested terrorist stayed hidden in Basilan and Jolo, Sulu under Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and other members of Jemaah Islamiya.
Dongon holds a police record of two arrests in the past, however, he was released after posting bail. Additionally, Dongon was found to have had an affair with one of the police officers.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa revealed that Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza first encountered Dongon in 2013 when she was the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) officer who interrogated the terrorist leader.
“Yung nakakulong si Dongon noon, siya yung taga interview kasi naka-assign siya sa PAOCC (Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission) si Nobleza. Habang nakakulong si Dongon, they let the love begin. May asawa siya. Opisyal din ang asawa niya, police attache sa Pakistan,” Dela Rosa disclosed during a press conference.
Nobleza aided Dongon in rescuing his injured brother Saad when their group attacked Bohol.
“So far inamin na niya na tutulungan lang daw nila si alias Saad na wounded at mag-drop lang daw ng gamot, that’s according to her. Isang tao lang daw ang interesado silang i-rescue. Apparently buhay pa itong Saad na ito na Abu Sayyaf bandit din. Si Saad lang ang kilala nila sa grupo. hindi kasama sa latest na casualty,” Dela Rosa added.
Terrorism analyst Professor Rommel Banlaoi that the recent attacks of the Abu Sayyaf are to endanger the upcoming ASEAN summit in the Philippines.
“Plan talaga ng ASG sa Bohol. Ang plan nila is first, to identify subjects for kidnap for ransom. Second, to undermine the ASEAN meetings, related to the ASEAN summit and then nang hindi nila maisagawa, to mount terrorist activities during the Holy Week,” Banlaoi reported.
While the deaths of the terrorist group’s leaders, Abu Rami and Joselito Melloria, and the arrest of Dongon is a fatal blow to the Abu Sayyaf, Banaloi asserts that they still have expert bombers at hand.
“ASG sub leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan remain as a commander, siya ang titingnan natin, and also other emerging groups associated with Khilafa,” he said.
Source: Abs-Cbn News