ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 December) – Police arrested three persons implicated in an improvised bomb explosion late Monday in this city.
Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, city police director, said Tuesday that the suspects were arrested in follow-up operations they launched following the incident.
Casimiro said no one was either killed or wounded when an improvised bomb exploded around 8:50 p.m. Monday at the Princess massage parlor and videoke bar along Tomas Claudio Street downtown.
He said the suspects were positively identified by witnesses.
“We cannot still determine the affiliation of the group,” he said when asked if the suspects are members of the Abu Sayyaf.
Chief Insp. Edilberto Alvarez, Police Station 11 deputy chief, identified the arrested suspects as Marcel Jumadil, 35, and Jumadan Dassan, 40, both of Barangay Malimbaya, Indanan, Sulu; and Alshirif Sabdani, 41 of Barangay Sapa, Tandubas, Tawi-Tawi.
Alvarez said first to be arrested was Jumadil, who was seen driving a motorcycle on a counter flow direction along Tomas Claudio Street near the blast site.
The police official said Dassan and Sabdani were arrested in Barangay Baliwasan in a follow-up operation based on information obtained from Jumadil.
Casimiro said the post-blast investigators have yet to determine the type of improvised bomb used as the motive of the incident.
The Princess massage parlor and videoke bar lies next to the Deluxe massage parlor and videoke bar where two improvised bombs exploded one after the other last November 9.
A member of the local police’s explosive ordnance demolition team and the K9 named “Diego” were wounded during the earlier explosions. (MindaNews)