The Kuwaiti government thanked the Philippine government for the capture of one of the members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Department of Justice (DoJ) Undersecretary Erickson Balmes disclosed that the Kuwaiti Embassy in Manila sent a letter showing its appreciation for the arrest of Kuwaiti national Hussein Aldhafiri.
“The Embassy would like to thank the esteemed Department (of Foreign Affairs) for its assistance and looks forward to continued cooperation between both countries,” read the letter dated April 10.
The embassy expressed its gratitude towards “the Bureau of Immigration’s Mr. Booby R. Raquepo Intelligence Officer III OIC Fugitive Search Unit, to provide the Kuwaiti Security Services Personnel all the necessary assistance to carry out their mission to deport to the State of Kuwait soonest possible Hussein…”
Last April 6, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II presented the Kuwaiti and his female Syrian companion Rahaf Zina, both arrested last March 25 by the Bureau of Immigration’s Fugitive Search Unit (BI-FSU) on 28th St. in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Aguirre said that Rahaf is the widow of slain Abu Jandal Al-Kuwaiti, the number two military commander of ISIS operating in Syria.
After being detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for several days, the two alleged ISIS members were turned over to the custody of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Intelligence Service Group (ISG) headquarters in Taguig City last Saturday. (JEFFREY G. DAMICOG)