Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers apprehend foreign spouses with alleged terrorism links

06 April 2017


This apprehension speaks very well of the competence and of the capability of our immigration officers.

I commend their efforts at keeping our country safe from the threats of terrorism.

---Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II


On March 25, 2017, acting on the strength of Bureau of Immigration (BI) Mission Order no. JHM-20107-025 dated 24 March 2017, operatives of the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) in close coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP), conducted enforcement operations along 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City resulting in the apprehension of a Kuwaiti Citizen, Husayn Al-Dhafiri.

Based on official communications forwarded to the Bureau of Immigration by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Husayn Al-Dhafiri a.k.a. WARSH AL-KUWAITI a.k.a. ABU MUSLIM AL-KUWAITI, has links to terrorism and is believed to pose a threat to the national security of the Philippines.

Likewise, intelligence reports provided by the AFP stated that the subject, Husayn Al-Dhafiri is a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), otherwise known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He is alleged to have been involved in explosives manufacturing and possibly on operational planning against Kuwait.

At the time of the apprehension, Husayn Al-Dhafiri was in the company of a female, later identified to be RAHAF ZINA, a Syrian national. Rahaf Zina claimed to be the wife of Husayn Al-Dhafiri. Both of them were brought to the BI Main Office for investigation. The two failed to present any immigration document during verification. 

Subsequently, Rahaz was brought to the nearest hospital for immediate medical examination as she claimed that she is pregnant.

On March 26, 2017, the custody of the two was turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Detention Facility for their commitment.

I congratulate our immigration officers for a job well done. The successful conduct of this apprehension speaks well of the competence and of the dedication of our immigration personnel, Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II said.

As the guardians of our ports and all of our entry points, our immigration officers stand watch on our walls and tell us no harm will come to our people while they are on watch, added Secretary  Aguirre.

I enjoin all of our immigration officers to continue serving dutifully and loyally regardless of their current circumstance because they are a valuable component of our government’s fight against criminality and in the global war against terror, Secretary Aguirre added further.

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