Police: Abu Sayyaf bandits behind Basilan bomb attacks

April 14, 2010 12:10 pm 

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, April 14 — A top police official disclosed that the Abu Sayyaf bandits could be behind Tuesday’s bombing incidents in this city.

This was learned from Senior Supt. Antonio Mendoza, Basilan police director, when he updated Gov. Jum Akbar late Tuesday about the incident.

Mendoza said that one of the dead suspects' identity is Benzar Indama, who he said that based on intelligence report, is a brother of Abu Sayyaf leader Furiji Indama.

Twelve people, including three marines, a policeman and three bandits, were killed while 15 others were wounded on two bomb explosions that rocked this city Tuesday.

Two of the wounded, whose identities were withheld, were among the bandits tagged as the ones behind the bomb attacks.

The Explosive Ordnance Demolition (EOD) personnel of the police have managed to detonate a third bomb, which was found in front of a judge residence in Barangay Sunrise, this city.

Mendoza disclosed that combined Marine and police are scouring Barangay Binuangan, this city, in search for at least eight fleeing bandits.

Akbar has requested Mendoza and the military to relentlessly pursue the fleeing bandits.

Akbar also urged the police and military to unmask the mastermind of the bomb attacks.

Akbar has called on the Basileños to stay at home and remain calm but vigilant.

The lady governor urged the residents to rally behind the authorities by way of providing information that would lead to the arrest of the fleeing suspects.

She condemned the incident and expressed her condolence to the families that lost their loved ones, especially of the marines and policeman, who died while carrying out their mandated duties.

She ordered her social welfare officer to look into the needs of the victims at the hospitals as the provincial government has allocated funds to give them financial assistance.

Mendoza has ordered his men to closely guard the two wounded bandits who were admitted in one of the hospitals in this city. (PNA)

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