Lawmen tracking down 16 more Davao bombers


COTABATO CITY: Law enforcers in Central Mindanao are tracking down at least 16 more accomplices of the eight detained suspects in the Davao night market bombing that killed 15 and wounded more than 60 others last September 2. The suspects reportedly belong to the new terror group known as Dawlah Islamiya. Seven of the eight suspects were arrested in separate operations here and in Maguindanao recently, resulting in the recovery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) they were about to set off in different spots in Central Mindanao. The 8th suspect, Jericho de Roma, surrendered on November 10 after personnel of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6thID) and the Philippine National Police failed to arrest him several hours before. The 16 Dawlah Islamiya men have reportedly established links with the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters – Salahudin Hassan, Abdulmalik Esmael, Bashir Ungab Nasser Adil and Ansari Yunos – who taught the group to transport an IED from Maguindanao and detonate it in the Davao night market. Sources from the 6th ID intelligence units said military agents are helping the police locate the other suspects.


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