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ASG prime suspect in twin Jolo bombings — JTF Sulu chief

Authorities on Tuesday said the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) remains to be the prime suspect in the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu as it has the capability to conduct terroristic activities.

The bodies of victims (C) lie on the pavement as police and military personnel cordon off the site where an improvised bomb exploded next to a military vehicle in the town of Jolo on Sulu island on August 24, 2020. (Photo by Nickee BUTLANGAN / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“For now, ang suspect pa rin naman ay ang Abu Sayyaf. Wala naman [ibang grupo], eto lang yung may kapabalidad o may capacity na gumawa ng ganitong terroristc activity, [ng] pang bobomba, (For now, the Abu Sayyaf remains to be our prime suspect. There’s no other group that has the capability and capacity to conduct such terroristic activity like bombings),” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu Commander Brig. Gen. William Gonzales told DZMM Teleradyo.

Gonzales also said there’s still no information on whether the bomb attacks were connected to the arrest of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Anduljihad “Idang” Susukan in Davao last week.

Authorities have yet to also find a link between the bombings and the shooting incident in Jolo last June 29, Gonzales said.

He added that authorities have long been monitoring for possible bombing in the area.

“Itong pag-bobomba ay matagal nang minamatyagan ng ating mga intelligence operatives hand in hand with the PNP (Philippine National Police) operatives, so di ko masasabi na connected yung dalawang insidente, (The military’s intelligence operatives, together with PNP operatives have long been monitoring for possible bombings in the area. So I don’t think the two incidents are connected),” he said.

Gonzales assured the public that authorities are on heightened alert in Sulu and are monitoring and patrolling the area 24/7.

The double bomb attacks in Jolo, Sulu killed 15 persons, and injured 77 others.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/25/asg-prime-suspect-in-twin-jolo-bombings-jtf-sulu-chief/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asg-prime-suspect-in-twin-jolo-bombings-jtf-sulu-chief)

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