Friday, November 13, 2015

Bomb expert bagged in North Cotabato

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 13): Bomb expert bagged in North Cotabato

Military and police operatives arrested a bomb expert and former member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Special Operations Group (MILF-SOG) during operations in North Cotabato on Wednesday.

Col. Noel Detoyato, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, in a statement Friday, identified the suspect as Abdul Manap Mentang alias "Manny/Manap/Al-Molk".

He was arrested in Barangay Panatan, Pigcawayan, Cotabato by virtue of standing warrants of arrest issued separately by Davao City and Cotabato City Regional Trial Courts for multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder.

Mentang is responsible in the Sasa Wharf and Ecoland terminal bombing in Davao City in 2003 that killed 23 civilians and injured 127 others.

Previous investigations revealed that Mentang was included in the first batch of a 15-man group that was trained on basic demolition for urban terrorism by the Jemaah Islamiyah in 1995.

He was also known to have trained some MILF members on bomb-making during that time.

Mentang was arrested in Santa Ana, Manila in October 2004 but was released from jail after three months due to lack of evidence against him.

Mentang is now under the custody of the Philippine National Police in Davao City.

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