• Police arrest another suspect in North Cotabato blast


    KABACAN, North Cotabato: Due to intensified police operations, both covert and overt, another suspect in the deadly Nov. 16 bombing here that left one student dead and 16 others wounded had been arrested, officials said.

    Mayor Herlo Guzman Jr. of Kabacan said the suspect, the second arrested in connection with the overpass bomb blast, is currently undergoing investigation.

    He, however,nrefused to name the suspect.

    Guzman said the second suspect was arrested last week in Poblacion Kabacan after the police received an information about his alleged involvement in the deadly blast.

    Police earlier arrested Badrudin Abdi, a resident of Purok Krislam, Barangay Poblacion, Kabacan, North Cotabato at a police checkpoint in Pres. Quirino, Sultan Kudarat last week.

    Abid was arrested after his friend, who claimed he was bothered by his conscience, tipped off the police about him.

    Senior Supt. Danilo Peralta, North Cotabato police chief, told reporters that the witness personally saw Abid built the improvised explosive device fashioned from 81 mm mortar with mobile phone as triggering device, hauled it toward the town center and left at an overpass at 6 p.m. on November 16 (Sunday).

    Peralta said Abid was also involved in other crimes like carnapping and illegal drug trade in Kabacan.

    Mayor Guzman has offered a Php100,000 reward for anyone who can provide information on the identification and arrest of the suspects.

    North Cotabato Gov. Emmlou Mendoza also offered Php100,000 bounty for the arrest of the suspects.

    It was unclear whether the bounty were already released to the informant.

    Police said two IEDs were planted at the overpass on Sunday night where people mill around road side restaurants, “Ukay-Ukay (used clothings) store and barbeque stalls.

    Monique Mantawil, a 21-year old student of state school University of Southern Mindanao (USM), was hit by shrapnel on her head and died while being rushed to Davao City.

    Thirteen of the 16 wounded were also students of USM, police said.

    Florence, Monique’s mom, condemned the bomb attack and said Allah will surely punish the perpetrators.

    She said the news of the suspects’ arrest was a welcome development but surely it will not bring back her daughters’ life.

    Florence, also a Maguindanao, said she will see personally the arrested suspects, if given the chance. PNA


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