Indonesian 'terrorist' nabbed in Marawi detained in Camp Crame

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Alleged Indonesian terrorist Muhammad Ilham Syahputra will be detained in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

This was announced by Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy spokesperson Superintendent Chai Madrid on Thursday, November 2.

According to Madrid, he was brought the previous night and is undergoing "documentation" at the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) headquarters.

Madrid said the Indonesian is awaiting charges for his alleged participation in the Marawi siege and illegal possession of firearms.

The 22-year-old Indonesian was captured just the previous day in Marawi, two weeks after combat operations had ended.

Madrid said at the press briefing that Syahputra was captured in a clearing operation at Barangay Luksa Datu in Marawi at around 7 am on November 1.

Local police earlier said he was caught after barangay officials saw him fleeing. (READ: How the Marawi siege affected terrorism in Indonesia)

Madrid added that they seized one pink electronic tablet, 7 gold bracelets, one fragmentation grenade, one .45 caliber Caspian pistol, bullets, and a passport belonging to a certain Indonesian national named Khoirul Hidayat.

Madrid said they have yet to confirm whether it was a dummy passport used by Syahputra.

Authorities also recovered cash in the following denominations:

Police said Syahputra was caught after barangay officials saw him fleeing on Wednesday. (READ: How the Marawi siege affected terrorism in Indonesia)

According to Lanao del Sur police chief Senior Superintendent John Guyguyon, Syahputra arrived in the Philippines in 2016 upon the invitation of Islamic State Southeast Asia head Isnilon Hapilon.

Coming from Medan, Indonesia, Guyguyon earlier said that Syahputra was part of the group behind a 2016 suicide attack in Jakarta which left 8 dead.

Syahputra was brought to the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office at 12 noon on Thursday for inquest proceedings.

The proceedings were led by Deputy Prosecutor Al Agcaoili, head of one of the panels assembled by the Department of Justice to handle Maute cases.

The CIDG recommended charges of rebellion. It has been submitted for Agcaoili's resolution, which will likely be released next week. – with a report by Lian Buan/


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.