GENERAL SANTOS CITY—Government agents arrested in Tacurong City on Tuesday a suspect in the spate of attacks in Central Mindanao since 2004, including the market blast here that killed 15 people in December of that year and the April attack in Tacurong City that killed five people.
Supt. Teng Tocao, Sultan Kudarat police provincial director, said the team also recovered bomb-making paraphernalia from the house of Jabiri Abdul, alias Beds.
He declined to give additional information saying Abdul is still undergoing tactical interrogation.
But Senior Supt. Alfredo Toroctocon, intelligence chief of the Central Mindanao police, said a tip led to the arrest of Abdul, a resident of Purok Narra in Barangay New Pasi, Tacurong City.
Toroctocon said Abdul, a Pakistan-trained electronic bomb expert, was arrested by virtue of a court order.
Supt. Eduardo Bangeles, deputy intelligence chief of the Central Mindanao police, said Abdul was not able to resist arrest.
Brig. Gen. Edgardo Gurrea, chief of the government coordinating committee on the cessation of hostilities with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said Abdul, who also uses the aliases Jabide Abdul, Jabidi Kusain and Kabidi Kusain, is a member of a local terror group identified with the Jemaah Islamiyah.
He said the group’s members could have also received bomb-making lessons from Indonesian experts Dulmatin and Omar Patek, who are also objects of a nationwide manhunt.
Toroctocon said two witnesses have submitted affidavits identifying Abdul as a suspect in the bombings.