Police: Abu Sayyaf behind Nov. 9 twin blasts in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – The local police blamed the Abu Sayyaf for the recent twin bomb explosions that injured a K9 handler and a bomb-sniffing dog in this city.

The incident that took place 15 minutes apart in the evening of November 9 at De Luxe Massage and Karaoke Bar along Tomas Claudio Street downtown injured PO2 Franklin Ined, a member of the explosive ordnance demolition team and a bomb-sniffing dog named “Diego.”

Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, city police director said the incidents were the handiwork of four followers of Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf leader Puruji Indama.

Casimiro said two of the four are twins and all are from Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan. One of them was identified as a certain Yaser.

The police official described Yaser as more or less 22 years old, 5’6” in height, around 55 kilograms, small built, with brown complexion and shoulder-length curly hair.

He said one of the twin brothers is more or less 20 years old, 5’4” in height, around 54 kilograms, small built, with brown complexion and short straight hair. The other twin is more or less 20 years old, 5’6” in height, around 60 kilograms, with brown complexion and short curly hair.

He said the fourth suspect is described as more or less 20 years old, 5’5” in height, small built, with white complexion and short straight hair.

Casimiro said the suspects had stayed in a bunkhouse unit of Gafur Pingli in Barangay Taluksangay, this city, prior to the twin bomb explosions.

“This information is under validation by the intelligence section of ZCPO,” he added.

Casimiro further disclosed that one of the four suspects was recognized through the facial composite sketch by a department store sales lady as the one who bought from them the plastic container that was used to conceal the second bomb.

He said the official receipt attached to the plastic bag that was used to wrap the plastic container that contained the second bomb revealed where the plastic container was bought.

He said the sales lady informed them that the suspect bought the plastic containers last November 8 and 9.

Ined is recuperating at the hospital while “Diego” is under rehabilitation. (MindaNews)