Suspected bomber arrested

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COTABATO CITY: Police authorities in Northern Mindanao announced on Saturday the arrest in Misamis Occidental of a suspected bomber believed to have been involved in Kidapawan City bombing.

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Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Northern Mindanao police regional director, in text messages to local media, identified the suspect as Abdulmalik Salik, a member of the al-Khobar extortion group operating in North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.

Salik was arrested at a police checkpoint in Panaon town, Misamis Occidental at past 5 pm on Saturday. He had a P400,000 reward for his arrest offered by the Department of Interior and Local Governments in 2006, following his alleged involvement in the Metro Shuttle Bus bombing in Digos City terminal and Weena Bus in Kidapawan City terminal years later that left scores of civilians dead and several others wounded.

Malik was believed to be associated with slain Malaysian bomber Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan,” and his Filipino associate Abdul Basit Usman.

Malik has standing warrants of arrest for multiple murder, multiple frustrated murder, and multiple attempted murder.

He was a senior leader of the al-Khobar extortion group, which preyed on bus companies and for carrying out a series of extortion activities in Kabacan, M’lang and Matalam in North Cotabato, Tacurong City and Koronadal City and in Bukidnon.

PNA

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