07 Sep Gov’t Troops Conduct Manhunt for an Indonesian Born in PH, Suspect for Davao Blast
Police intelligence officer disclosed on Tuesday, September 6 that the military and police intelligence operatives are hunting down one of the suspects of the terror attack in Davao City. It was said to be an Indonesian born in the Philippines, son of a member of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror group.
According to the source who based in Camp Crame – spoke on state of anonymity for lack of authority to discuss the matter, “The subject of our operation was an Indonesian who was born in our country and per our information said that he is the one who left the bomb in Davao City last Friday night.”
Due to the ongoing manhunt, the source refused to name the suspect.
The intelligence officer said that the suspect “is very familiar of every nook and cranny of Mindanao” and “could complicate our search operation for him” as he was born and raised on the island.
The suspect was said to be trained by Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) who sought refuge in Mindanao. JI is among the terrorist groups who is associated with Al Qaeda who recently pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
The source stated, “He is trained in bomb-making and in fact you can say that he is in the level of Zulkipli Bin Hir alias ‘Marwan’ when it comes to making bombs.”
The Davao attack urged President Rodrigo Duterte to declare “state of lawlessness.”
Daughter of President Duterte and currently the Davao City Mayor, Sara, offered a P2-million reward for the information and arrest of the suspects in the explosion.
Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said on Monday that there is a positive development in their investigations. He added that they already gathered the “physical profile” of the suspects but declined to report further details.