The Philippine Star

Alleged Cotabato mall bombing brains slain

- – John Unson, Emmanuel Tupas

COTABATO CITY – A suspected member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), said to be the mastermind in the bombing of a mall in this city in 2018, was killed in an alleged shootout with police officers on Tuesday.

Abraham Abad Abdulrahma­n reportedly resisted arrest and fired at law enforcers serving a search warrant at his hideout in Barangay Bagua II at around 1:30 p.m.

Authoritie­s said Abdulrahma­n, alias Abu Suffian, was a henchman of BIFF leader Esmael Abdulmalik.

A gun, a fragmentat­ion grenade and bomb materials were reportedly recovered from the fatality.

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas said Abdulrahma­n was trained in bomb-making by the late Mohammad Jaafar Maguyid of the Ansar al-Khilafah Philippine­s, which supports the Islamic State.

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