JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Philippine security authorities says Indonesian citizens named Abu Huda and his partners with undisclosed statues were suicide bombers in a church on Jolo Island, Sulu, Philippines, last week.
The suicide bombing that took place during the weekly worship took place, killing at least 22 peoples and injuring 100 others.
Minister for Domestic Affairs Eduardo Ano said in a written statement on Monday (02/04), Huda was working with the Abu Sayyaf militia group and was under ISIS instructions to detonate two bombs inside and outside the church.
Abu Sayyaf, an ISIS affiliated militant organization in the southern Philippines which is famous for kidnappings and other extremist actions. It was reported that Huda had been in Sulu Province for quite a long time.
Another suspected suicide bomber is believed to be the wife of him, but her name has not been revealed. More than that, Ano suspected that through the attack on the church in Sulu, the two suspected wanted to give an example of a suicide bombing which was rarely carried out by local terror groups.
Sulu Provincial Police Chief Pablo Labra earlier said several eyewitnesses pointed to the men and women they believed were behind the bombing. Citing eyewitnesses, Labra said that during the bombings, female perpetrators sat in the church, while another male offender came out.
Women – who are depicted wearing gray jackets – carry backpacks. Labra said that until Friday (02/01), two pairs of legs were full of wounds, no one claimed and this indicated the possibility of belonging to a suicide bomber.
“According to the forensic investigator, the body parts could belong to two people: one inside the church and one outside,” Labra was quoted as saying by CNN Philippines today.
Last weekend, Philippine military operations to hunt down terrorists were carried out in the town of Patikul, Sulu Province. Reportedly, eight people were killed in the operation, five of whom were members of the military while the other three were Abu Sayyaf militants.
Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said Kamah L. Pae and four of his members had surrendered to the military last weekend and were currently detained by the police. The four people were identified as Albaju Kisae Gadjali, Rajan Bakil Gadjali, Emperor Bakil Gadjali, and Salir Alih.
Although the Philippines has found the name of the perpetrator, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry Retno Marsudi said the investigation was still rolling and the alleged involvement of Indonesian citizens in the attack still had to be investigated further.
According to Marsudi, from the results of communication carried out to date, the process of investigation and identification is still ongoing. The Indonesian government, he added, is still awaiting the results of local police investigations to ascertain whether suicide bombers are truly Indonesian citizens.
“Today I will continue to communicate with the Philippine authorities to confirm it,” Marsudi said in a written statement.
It is known that suicide bombings on Jolo came a few days after a referendum of 2.8 million people agreed to establish the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the southern Philippines, the largest Muslim population in the country.
The majority of voters agreed to the formation, but voters in Sulu Province that included Jolo were different. Residents of the area refused the special autonomy.
Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org