KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – Police arrested on Wednesday night a suspect in the bombing in Digos City three years ago.
Inspector Rolando Dillera, head of the intelligence unit of the Kidapawan City police, identified the suspect as Muhammid Nur, aka Medz in Nuangan village where he was arrested, around 10 p.m., Wednesday.
Dillera linked Nur to an extortion group called Al Khobar which is operating in the Cotabato provinces.
Among the group’s reported targets were buses owned by the Peoples’ Transport, Metro Shuttle Bus Company, Yellow Bus Lines, and Rural Transit.
Dillera led the arrest of Nur after receiving a tip from his informant in the area. The suspect did not resist arrest.
“We did a weeklong surveillance of Nur. He acted like he’s a free man, going to public places without thinking he has a warrant for his arrest,” said Dillera.
Dillera said that during the investigation Nur admitted having participated in the July 2008 bombing in a bus terminal in Digos City that injured several passengers, including bystanders and vendors.
But Nur told vehemently denied the accusation in front of reporters. He said he was on a field trip in Digos City on the day the improvised explosive device exploded inside the terminal.
“I was with my school mates when the bombing happened,” said the 22-year-old suspect, who is facing charges of multiple murder, multiple frustrated murder, and multiple attempted murder in relation to the Digos City bombing.
Nur was the second suspected bomber to be arrested this month.
On June 1, police arrested Mantuga Mokammad Tumagantang in Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat while he was onboard a bus bound for North Cotabato.
Senior Supt, Cornelio Salinas, North Cotabato provincial police director alleged an IED was recovered from the suspect. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)10nur