MANILA, Philippines — A female profile is emerging in a DNA test done by authorities on a specimen lifted from the remains of a suicide bomber that attacked Indanan, Sulu on September 8, the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed Tuesday.
“Ang narecover po natin ay partial female profile [What we have recovered is partial female profile],” Lt. Col. Kimberly Molitas, PNP deputy spokesperson, said in a press briefing at Camp Crame, referring to DNA samples of the attacker recovered at the blast site.
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Molitas, however, said that “no conclusion can yet be reached” if the suicide bomber was indeed a woman, saying that it will be the proper units of the PNP that will interpret the results of the DNA test.
The DNA examination also did not confirm if the attacker was a foreigner or a local.
Armed Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo earlier said that the suicide bomber was a woman based on the appearance of other body parts at the crime scene, but said a DNA test is still needed to confirm this information.
The military have identified Abu Sayyaf leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan as the brains behind the suicide bombing, which happened outside a military detachment in Indanan, Sulu.
The Caucasian-looking bomber, who wore an abaya, an outer garment worn by Muslim women, was about to enter the military detachment but was immediately stopped by security forces and failed to inflict heavy damage.