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Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) Justice For Islamic Movement (JFIM)

The Justice For Islamic Movement (JFIM) is also known as Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM). Founder Mohamad Ali Tambako is suspected of being among those who brutally killed the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) police commandos during the now infamous Mamasapano incident 25 January 2015.

In early 2015 the Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) was organized by Mohamad Ali Tambako after a falling out with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) founder Ameril Umbra Kato. The radical Muslim cleric trained in the Middle East, considered one of the leaders of the BIFF, broke away from the terror group to form his own band of jihadists. The military considered JIM as another lawless group and a target of the ongoing offensive in Mindanao.

The splinter group was formed as early as November 2013, following leadership tussles between Tambako and the BIFF, with the latter supporting secession to create and Islamic State governed by Sharia Law. Tambako was suspected of providing a safe haven for the Philippine’s bomber, Basit Usman, and other foreign militants. JFIM is reportedly present in Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak towns in Maguindanao and Pikit, North Cotabato.

In March 2015 security forces raided the house occupied by arrested Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) co-founder Mohammad Ali Tambako in General Santos City and seized materials used for explosives. Security forces found bomb-making materials like detonating cords, assorted wires, blasting caps, Christmas light bulbs, SIM cards and improvised circuit boxes.

“It is believed that Tambako and his men were planning to carry out bombings in the area,” Armed Forces public affairs chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said in a press briefing. “There is a possibility that they are planning to divert attention away from the ongoing law enforcement operations at the SPMS Box,” he added, referring to the towns of Salvo, Pagatin, Mamasapano, and Shariff Aguak in Maguindanao. Cabunoc said the planned bombings were also meant to gain attention and to secure funds from international terrorist groups.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang said the terror group Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) is now history following the arrest of its alleged leader. Mohammad Ali Tambako was arrested 15 March 2015 by combined elements of policemen and soldiers while he was on board a tricycle in Barangay Calumpang in General Santos City.

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