Wife of new ISIS Southeast Asia 'emir' nabbed in General Santos

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.

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.