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8 suspects in Lamitan City suicide bombing arrested


Eight suspects have been arrested in  connection with the July 31 deadly explosion of a van at a military checkpoint in Lamitan City, which left 10 people dead.

Citing a statement of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, one military source, who declined to be named, said the suspects are now under police custody. But it did not give details about the location and date of the arrest.

According to the source, one of the arrested suspects is a bomb expert who assembled the improvised explosive device and the others helped in planning and preparing the IED and loaded the improvised bomb into the van.

Authorities said the suspects are facing criminal complaints for the July 31, 2018 bombing of a CAFGU detachment in Lamitan City and that they are hunting down 10 more suspects, including Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Furuji Indama.

Earlier, the police had filed two separate criminal cases for murder and multiple frustrated murder before the Regional Trial Court Branch 2 of Isabela City against the suspects.

It will be recalled, the said explosion killed at least 10, including the suicide bomber, four Cafgu members, a soldier, a woman, a child, and two other civilians.

International terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the bomb attack as its "first ever suicide operation in the Philippines". Hader Glang

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