BREAKING NEWS! Davao bombing suspects arrested

The Department of National Defense (DND) presented Friday, October 7, three suspects in the Davao night market bombing who were arrested in Cotabato City.

The three suspects, who were nabbed in a checkpoint on October 4, were members of the notorious Maute group, which is related to the Abu Sayyaf, said DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
"They have direct participation in the Davao night market bombing," he said.

He said the motive behind the bombing, which killed at least 15 people and injured 70 others, was to disrupt the government's massive military operations against terrorists in Sulu and Maguindanao.
It was also a retaliation from heavy casualties in Butig, Lanao del Sur, and the capture of the Maute group members in a checkpoint in Lanao del Sur on August 22, added Lorenzana.
He said the terrorist planned the Davao night market bombing two weeks before the incident, adding that 10 more terrorists participated in the attack.

Among the evidence recovered from the arrested suspects were bomb-making materials, machine gun, caliber .45 pistol, cellular phones, and a video recording of the actual bombing on September 2.
"We now consider the Davao bombing case closed," said Lorenzana.


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