Friday, January 9, 2015

Police release cartographic sketch of 2 suspects in North Cotabato bombing

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 9): Police release cartographic sketch of 2 suspects in North Cotabato bombing

Police and local officials here released Friday the computer generated cartographic sketch of two suspects who set off a powerful improvised bomb at this town’s pubic market that killed two and wounded 33 others.

Mayor Joselito Pinol said police came up with the sketch based on the statement of victims and witnesses who noticed the two at the blast site few minutes before the power blast on December 31.

”We continue to gather evidences to strengthen our case against them,” Pinol said, referring to outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

”Hopefully, these cartographic sketch will help authorities arrest the perpetrators to give justice to the blast victims,” he said.

Pinol earlier blamed the BIFF to be behind the attack after one of its members was arrested by the local police.

For possession of prohibited drugs, police arrested Abdulazis Glang, a resident of Dungguan, Mlang. Police later learned he was one of the two men who showed up at a billiard hall in front of Mlang town hall on November 23.

The two left a bag beside the billiard hall and hurriedly sped away as the bag, containing powerful IED, went off, killing three and wounding 22 others.

”The December 31 bombing was a retaliatory attack by the BIFF after the arrest of Glang,” Pinol said.

Meanwhile, the provincial government of North Cotabato extended additional financial aid to 33 wounded victims, nine of whom remain in the hospital.

Each patient received Php5,000 cash while a woman also received a wheel chair after her two legs were amputated.

Local officials here have offered Php200,000 reward for information from anyone that could lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the suspects.

Police in North Cotabato remained on alert as threat of bombing continues.

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