Sus­pects in New Year’s eve Cota­bato bomb­ing charged

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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)


IN­JURED DEVO­TEES. Devo­tees of the Black Nazarene suf­fered seizures and lost con­scious­ness dur­ing the pro­ces­sion of the Black Nazarene in Manila on Wednesday (Jan­uary 9, 2019).

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