MANILA, Philippines – Joint forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have arrested Nafisa Pundog*, the wife of Abu Dar, who is allegedly the new emir (leader) of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia.
The capture was announced on Monday, July 16, through a report sent by Eastern Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Ezra Balagtey to defense reporters.
According to Balagtey, they were led to Nafisa Pundog by first pursuing a certain Najib Calimba Pundog, an alleged explosives expert branded by the AFP as a “terrorist.”
Najib Pundog was killed when he allegedly fought back as he was served with a warrant of arrest by cops and soldiers in Barangay Fatima in General Santos City at around 2:15 am.
Government forces got a tip “from the community” through a followup operation at around 7 am, leading them to Nafisa Pundog.
Nafisa Pundog was captured in her alleged safehouse in Purok Maunlad, Barangay Apopong, in General Santos City.
According to the AFP, Pundog used to be a prisoner, escaping the Marawi City Jail in 2016 before the siege erupted in May 2017. She has a standing warrant of arrest for allegedly possessing a blasting cap/incendiary device.
Her husband, Abu Dar, was named by the AFP as the new emir of ISIS Southeast Asia in March 2018. – Rappler.com
*Police and military reports currently have varying spellings of Pundog’s name, with some spelling it as Pundug. We used the spelling provided by the military.