PNP releases cartographic sketches of 2 NoCot bombing suspects

Chief Insp. Leo Ajero, officer-in-charge of the Kidapawan City Police, said they sought the help of a professional cartographer from the Police Regional Office in General Santos City to draw the faces of the suspects as described by witnesses.

Cartographic sketches were drawn from the recollections of the witnesses. Ajero assured that identities of the suspects would be revealed soon.

Both suspects, witnesses said, are between 23 and 25 years old and stand about 5' 4”.

One of the suspects has a muscular build, weighs about 60 kilos, dark brown complexion, straight black hair, and round face with round eyes. Among his identifying marks are his "bulging eyes, smooth face, short neck, and fixed lower lip."

The other suspect has a small build body weighing 55 kilos and a fair brown complexion. His identifying marks include his acne on his left cheek and his fixed eyebrows.

Ajero said these suspects were the ones who left a backpack with an improvised explosive device (IED) in front of Sheer Marketing along Quezon Boulevard here last Thursday.

Authorities theorized that the suspects were the same persons that left the IED beside AJ Hi-Time Hotel at corner Plaridel and JP Laurel streets on the same day. The two explosives detonated just about an hour apart from each other.

Col. Ruperto Pabustan, commander of the Army's 602nd Infantry Brigade based at Camp Lucero in Carmen, North Cotabato, was quick to blame the bombings on the Abu Sayyaf. He said that even before the explosions, they received intelligence reports that the Abu Sayyaf would bomb key cities in Mindanao, including Kidapawan and Cotabato.

The twin explosions here injured two people, including a bomb expert. At about the same time, a grenade exploded in Cotabato City, killing a security personnel at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) complex. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)