3 Zambo blast suspects charged

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – Police on Monday filed criminal charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office against three people implicated in the recent bomb explosion in this city.

Two people were killed while 52 others were wounded when a bomb exploded inside a car around 3:15 p.m. Friday in Barangay Guiwan.

City police director Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro identified the respondents as Hadja Babylyn Mualam, 41; Aldamer Sahibuddin, 23; and, Isrhalyn Ismael, 20, who were charged for double murder, frustrated murder and illegal possession of firearms.

Casimiro said they were arrested in follow-up operations hours after the incident by composite team of policemen at Oriental Homes Subdivision in Sitio Talungon, Barangay San Roque, this city.

He said investigation showed that the car where the bomb was placed was seen at the compound of Mualam before the incident.

He said the arresting team confiscated from the suspect’s residence one M-4 assault rifle, 17 rounds of ammunition for M-16 rifle, one long magazine for ammunition, one electric tester, two nine-volt dry cell batteries, assorted pieces of small cut-size wires, a mobile phone and charger, an earphone, an empty gallon with gasoline residue and three passport size photographs.

He added initial post-blast investigation resulted to the recovery of mortar fragments believed to be either of 81-mm or 60-mm. (MindaNews)