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Security forces arrest BIFF member tagged in Isulan bomb attack


By Joseph Jubelag

ISULAN, SULTAN KUDARAT– Security forces arrested on Saturday a suspected member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who is facing murder charges in connection with the bomb attack here in August 2018 which killed three people and injured more than 30 others.

PLt.Col. Junny Buenacosa, Isulan police chief, identified the suspect as Tutin Kuti, 27, who was nabbed by joint police and military intelligence operatives at his house in Barangay Madia, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

Police said Kuti was among the more than 30 BIFF members, who were tagged as suspects in the bomb attack at an “ukay-ukay” flea market during the festivities of the town’s foundation anniversary celebration on August 29, 2018.

Buenacosa said Kuti  was also responsible for the foiled roadside bomb attack on the participants of a  parade led by then Isulan Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue along the national highway here in March 2016.

Police authorities are also hunting down Kuti’s cohorts in the August 2018 bombing here who included BIFF leader Abu Toraife.

Regional Trial Court Lorenzo Balo has issued arrest warrant for multiple and frustrated murder against the suspects.

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