By Joseph Jubelag
GENERAL SANTOS CITY– Police authorities have tagged remnants of the Ansar Khilafah Philippines (AKP) local terror group as responsible for the bomb attack here last Sunday which wounded at eight people, including a six-year-old girl.
In a news conference on Wednesday, Chief Supt. Eliseo Tam Rasco tagged members of the Islamic State (IS)-inspired AKP local terror group based in nearby Polomolok, South Cotabato as the ones responsible for detonating an improvised explosive device (IED) that was detonated in front of a pharmacy in Barangay Apopong before noontime on September 16.
Rasco said the two unidentified suspects, who left the IED in the area, were said to be members of a Nilong-organized crime group based in Polomolok, South Cotabato which had links to the AKP terror group.
AKP’s leader Mohamad Jaafar Maguid was killed in an encounter with government forces in January 2017 in Kiamba, Sarangani.
“We are hunting down the suspects who are believed holed up in an outskirt village in Polomolok, South Cotabato,” Rasco said.
The police has released a composite cartographic sketch of the suspected bomber.
Following the Sunday’s bomb attack, security forces have raised the security alert level in the city with checkpoints established in strategic entry and exit points in the city.
City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said that upon the recommendation of police and military authorities, curfew hours will be imposed to all local residents from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.
He said the No ID, No Entry policy will be implemented to motorists and commuters, entering the city.
The mayor stressed that said there will be no exemption in the imposition of curfew hours, except that the coverage period in the downtown area will be from 12 midnight to 4 a.m.