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3 alleged Maute men nabbed

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PNA) – Three suspected members of the Maute terror group from Lanao Del Sur were collared by police operatives in Cagayan de Oro City Sunday evening, the police said Monday.

Chief Inspector Mardi Hortilloza, spokesperson of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO), identified the suspects as Cedic Oroca, Odin Alamada and Sainoden Solaiman, all from Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur.

He said that the police went to the hotel after the tenants did not answer the hotel management’s call, and found a suspected “shabu,” a laptop, power banks, electrical wirings and a hand grenade inside the room.

One of the suspects, Oroca, denied owning the illegal drugs and the hand grenade, saying the police went inside their hotel room when he was about to check out.

Solaiman, another suspect, told the police that he is a mechanic and he was hired to fix the car’s defects. The third suspect, Alamada, claimed that he is a member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit, a paramilitary unit of the Philippine Army in Marawi City.