Suspects in New Year’s eve Cotabato bombing charged
POLICE have charged two persons responsible for the Cotabato City mall bombing on New Year’s eve that resulted in the killing of two people and wounding of 34 others, an official said Thursday, January 10.
Police Regional Office Soc cs ks ar gen Director Eliseo Rasco said charged with two counts of murder and 34 counts of frustrated murder were Salipudin Lauban Pasandalan, a resident of Upper Capiton Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, and Saed Nur Kasim, a resident of Dalican, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
He said the charges were filed before the Cotabato City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, January 9.
Authorities said the suspects planted an improvised explosive device at 1:49 p.m. of December 31, 2018 in front of South Seas Mall. The bomb exploded and killed two persons and wounded 34 others.
Rasco said the bombing incident is a great challenge to sustaining peace and order situation in Soccsksargen.
“We conducted meeting with other law enforcement agencies, local executives, and stakeholders to prevent or once and for all stop this incident from happening again in the future. We need the community to help us detect any activity that poses a threat to our security. We need everybody to report to our law enforcers any suspicious looking person and any bags or backpacks or anything left unattended,” he said.
“In this light, we strive to be aligned and wellcoordinated in our thrust in the area of peace and security so that our efforts become more efficient and effective,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)
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