Task group formed to probe Good Friday blast in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – The local police has formed a special investigation unit to handle the Good Friday bombing at a police station in this city.

Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, city police director, said Monday the unit called Task Group Navarra will gather evidences for the filing of a case against the suspect.

“We are now in the process of getting testimonial evidences,” Casimiro said.

He released a computer-generated artist sketch of the bombing suspect and sought the help of the public in identifying him.

The suspect was described as male, about 20 to 30 years old, 5’4” to 5’6” in height, around 60 to 70 kilograms in weight, medium built, having brown complexion, and spoting short hair.

Casimiro said identifying the bomb carrier will help them identify the bombing mastermind.

“From there, we will move on and get more testimonial and objective evidence to link up to the brain or whoever gave the order to do the bombing operation,” he said.

Four people were injured in the bomb explosion, which took place around 7:55 p.m. on Good Friday in front of Police Station 9 in Barangay Ayala.

Marvin Esperat, 14, who was critically injured, is recuperating at the hospital after he had undergone surgery.

The other victims namely Magdalena Araneta, 61, Ofelia Enriquez, 71, and, Victor Bartolome, 34, were slightly injured.

The bomb, which was placed at the back of an impounded Navarra pick-up, destroyed the vehicle as well as shattered window glasses of Police Station 9 and that of a nearby house.

Casimiro said post-blast investigation showed the explosive used was of the ammonium nitrate fuel oil type. (MindaNews)