Monday, February 17, 2014

Cops intensify manhunt vs Maguindanao bombers after fall of its leader

From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 18): Cops intensify manhunt vs Maguindanao bombers after fall of its leader
Police in Maguindanao have intensified its manhunt against accomplishes of Maguindanao's most wanted man involved in the 2007 deadly bombing in Gen. Santos City who was killed Monday after resisting arrest, authorities said Tuesday.

On Monday, police shot dead Yusop Kusain after he opened fire on members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and police special forces serving arrest warrant for his alleged involvement in the bombing at a tuna canning plant in Gen. Santos City.

Kusain tossed a hand grenade and shot it out with lawmen forcing the police to return fire, killing him instantly in a remote village in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.

Quoting report from Maguindanao police office, Chief Supt. Noel Delos Reyes, police regional director in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said two policemen were wounded when Kusain, alias Commander TMX, fight it out with lawmen.

Four people were killed in 2007 when Kusain, allegedly led a team of bombers mulcting a tuna canning factory, set off an improvised explosive device.

Kusain who has links with regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, was also linked to several bombings in Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Koronadal City and Tacurong City with bus firms, malls and public transport terminals as targets.

The wounded police commandos were rushed to a hospital in North Cotabato.

Police believed Kusain's companions are still hiding in Maguindanao and possibly in the company of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a militant group operating in Maguindanao.

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