President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Roxas night market area in Davao City after the blast.
via CNN Philippines
Four more suspects in the Davao City night market bombing were arrested Saturday in Cotabato City, the Philippine Army said.
The suspects are reportedly members of the Dawla Islamiya Fi Cotabato – Maute Group, the Philippine Army said in a news release. The Maute Group is composed of Islamist militants linked to terrorist organizations.
Authorities identified the suspects as:
- Mohammad Lalaog Chenikandiyil also known as Datu Boi
- Jackson Mangulamas Usi AKA Abu Mansor/Jam
- Zack Villanueva Lopez AKA Haron
- Ansan Abdulla Mamasapano AKA Abu Hamsa
Combined elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency served the warrants of arrest in two separate locations: Southern Philippine Development Authority Compound in Brgy. Tamontaka, and along Ilang-Ilang St., Brgy. Rosary HeightsVII, both in Cotabato City.
Follow-up operations made after the arrest last October 4 of three other suspects led to the discovery of the group’s hideouts. They are also members of the Maute Group.
Authorities said over 12 people were involved in the September 2 Davao bombing which killed 15 people and wounded dozens.
“We will not stop until all involved in the Davao bombing incident last September are put in jail,” said Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año, the Army commander. “The Army will continue haunting other terrorists for the protection of the public and to serve justice.”
All four suspects are now under the custody of local police.
Police confiscated firearms and explosives from the suspects:
- .45-caliber pistol loaded with ammunition (with a defaced serial number)
- .38-caliber pistol with serial number: 12899593
- Six rounds ammunition, magazine assembly for a 45-caliber pistol
- Five rounds ammunition for a .38-caliber pistol
- Handheld radio with charger
- Five boxes of ammunition for a 5.56 mm rifle
- Three pieces of 60 mm mortar improvised explosive devices
- 105 mm howitzer improvised explosive device
- Hand grenade