- Two foreign nationals were nabbed over suspicion of links to Islamic State (ISIS)
- The suspects were said to be husband and wife – a Kuwaiti and a Syrian national
- They are allegedly involved in the manufacture of explosives and are suspected of plotting an attack in Kuwait
MANILA, Philippines – Two foreign nationals suspected of being Islamic State (ISIS) members were arrested by authorities in Taguig City last week and presented by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the media on Thursday, April 6.
The couple were identified as Husayn Al-Dhafiri, a Kuwaiti national, and his Syrian wife, Rahaf Zina who claims to be pregnant. They were allegedly involved in the manufacture of explosives and in the plot to attack Kuwait.
“Al-Dhafiri has links to terrorism and is believed to pose a threat to the national security of the Philippines,” said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.
Al-Dhafiri and his wife were arrested in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and are now being held in detention at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Aguirre said the NBI conducted surveillance on the couple upon receiving intelligence reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The couple were nabbed through the joint operation by the NBI and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
According to intelligence reports, the suspects traveled to the Philippines in 2016 several times and went to Davao City and Cebu City early this year. Al-Dhafri’s passport has also been cancelled by the Kuwaiti government.
They also failed to present any immigration document when questioned.
The couple will be deported as soon as possible, the DOJ said.