Tweet of Travel to Middle East to Join Jihadists Leads Philippine Police to Capture Australian ISIS Supporter in Cebu
By Vittorio Hernandez | July 12, 2014 9:30 AM EST
A tweet that he is leaving for the Middle East to join jihadist led Philippine police to capture Australian Musa Cerantonio, 29, a religious extremist and supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Cebu Province on Friday, July 11.
His tweet read: "Al-Hamdulillah (Thanks to God) I have arrived in the land of of Khilafah (caliphate) in Ash-Sham (the Levant)! May Allah honour all Muslims during the blessed time with His obedience."
The post in Twitter provided Philippine police, which had been tracking the former Catholic who converted to Islam, enough information to track and arrest him. Cerantonio is believed to have been hiding in the Philippines for about one year.
Cerantonio, who also posted newsfeeds on Facebook to urge Muslims to kill Western leaders, was arrested in a village outside Cebu City with a Filipina who was also detained for questioning. He is wanted by Australian federal police for violating the country's Foreign Incursions At that bans citizens from fighting with foreign paramilitary organisations, including recruitment activities. His female companion, Jean Navarro Montayre, 32, is also wanted by the local police for a different case.
The police recovered several SIM cards, mobile phones, electronic devices and more than 14,000 Philippine money and several foreign currencies. He was brought to Manila for questioning by the Philippine National Police. Prior to his arrest, the police was searching for Cerantonio to serve a warrant of deportation issued by the Bureau of Immigration.
Police Senior Superintendent Conrado Capa admitted that when the local police arrested the Australian national, they found no evidence linking him to any terror group.
Cerantonio talks about how he came to join Island in this video.
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