Probers eye links of Yemeni, Indonesian couples to Jolo blasts » Manila Bulletin News

Manila Bulletin Philippines

Breaking News from the Nation's leading newspaper

Tempo

Online Newspaper

Showbiz and Celebrity News

Sports News

World News
News Asia

Probers eye links of Yemeni, Indonesian couples to Jolo blasts

Published

By Francis Wakefield

Probers are looking at possible links of a Yemeni couple as well as an Indonesian couple to the Jolo twin blasts that left 21 people killed and over 100 wounded.

While there are stronger indications that the Indonesian couple had something to do with the blasts, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana did not discount the possible links of the Yemeni couple, a source said.

This handout photo released by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Information Office (PIO) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCON) taken on January 27, 2019, shows debris inside a Catholic Church where two bombs exploded in Jolo, Sulu (AFP PHOTO - ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES, WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND / MANILA BULLETIN)

This handout photo released by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Information Office (PIO) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCON) taken on January 27, 2019, shows debris inside a Catholic Church where two bombs exploded in Jolo, Sulu (AFP PHOTO – ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES, WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND / MANILA BULLETIN)

The source said intelligence information gathered earlier pointed to the links of Indonesian couple to the blasts. After arriving in Jolo, they allegedly linked up with the group of Abu Sayyaf commander Hatib Hajab Sawadjan.

The Indonesian couple, according to intelligence reports, were the ones who took the bags and detonator cellphones to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Walled City, Jolo, Sulu, and detonated the bombs themselves.

The source said the Indonesian couple took the bags to the church and then blew themselves outside the church.

Some eyewitnesses’ accounts disclose that the bomb that detonated inside was the one taken to the church by the woman, who is believed to be one of the fatalities.

The second bomb was believed to have been detonated by the man himself. The bomb was believed attached to his body.

Asked if they already have the names of the Indonesian couple when they arrived in Sulu and if they are from ISIS, the source said they are still being established.

Related Posts