Manila Bulletin

Suspects in foiled bombing near US Embassy charged

- By BETHEENA KAE UNITE

The Manila Police District (MPD) has filed criminal charges against the two suspects in the foiled bombing attempt near the United States Embassy last Monday morning.

Charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives were filed against Rayson Kilala, alias Rashid, 34, of Bagumbayan, Bulakan, Bulacan; and Njiaher Goinar, 30, of Marawi City.

Firearms and grenade were seized from their possession when they were arrested by the police Tuesday.

The suspects were tagged as alleged members of the Anzar Al-Khalifa Philippine­s, which is believed to be a cell group of the Maute Group.

The suspects underwent separate inquest proceeding­s at around 7 p.m. Thursday at the Caloocan City Prosecutor's Office and Bulacan Provincial Prosecutor.

Sr. Supt. Joel Coronel, MPD director said inquest proceeding­s took place where the suspects were nabbed.

Kilala was arrested in Bulacan, while Goinar was traced in Caloocan Wednesday after a composite sketch was released by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

A separate case of an attempted bombing at the US Embassy will be filed against the suspects before the Department of Justice (DOJ), Coronel said.

An improvised explosive device (IED), which bore the same signature as the bomb used the deadly Davao blast last September 2, was found about 200 meters from the US Embassy early Monday by a street sweeper. The bomb was later defused by PNP bomb experts.

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