PNP: No established link yet between Jolo and Zamboanga City bombings
admin • January 30, 2019 • 4077
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Authorities cannot yet confirm if the grenade blast at a mosque in Masjid Jutay in Zamboanga City on Tuesday night is connected to the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday.
According to Zamboanga City Police Spokesperson PSInsp. Shelamie Chang, the explosives used in last night’s bombing in Zamboanga was in no way similar to the ones used in Jolo.
The officer said, the incident in Jolo was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) while a grenade launcher was used in a mosque in Zamboanga City.
Authorities continue to investigate as to the motive behind the Zamboanga City blast that killed two individuals and injured three others. — UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed grief over the loss of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in an encounter between the military and elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group on Friday (April 17).
“The Officers, men and women of the Philippine National Police, under the command of PGen. Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, join the Filipino nation in mourning over the loss of 11 of our brothers in arms in the Armed Forces of the Philippines who offered the ultimate sacrifice in an encounter with terrorists in Sulu yesterday,” says a statement it released on Saturday through its spokesperson, PBGen. Bernard M Banac.
The country’s police force believes that the soldiers “did not die in vain -the cause they are fighting for is the lifelong commitment of all men and women in uniform who derive inspiration from the heroism of our fallen brothers to bring on the fight against the enemies of the state,” Banac said.
The official added that the PNP is extending every possible support and assistance that it can give to comfort the families of the fallen soldiers and to provide care for the wounded.
“Even as the entire government is preoccupied with response operations to address the health crisis, state security forces will continue to perform the duty to keep the country safe from terrorism and lawlessness,” Banac concluded. —mbmf
MANILA, Philippines —The Office of the President on Saturday slammed the Abu Sayyaf Group after around 40 of its members attacked the government troops in Patikul, Sulu on Friday (April 17) resulting in the death of 11 soldiers and wounding 14 others.
In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the administration condemns “in the strongest possible terms the latest incident in Patikul, Sulu, where members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) believed to be under ASG leader Radullan Sahiron and Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan attacked government troops resulting in a firefight, which left 11 soldiers killed and 14 wounded.”
Roque noted that what happened was already the second encounter that the government troops had with the same terrorist group; the first one, on April 16, in which three soldiers were wounded.
“The Office of the President expresses its sincerest condolences to the bereaved families left behind by our brave soldiers who fought hard and paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure our community. We honor and pray for the fallen,” Roque’s statement reads.
He further noted that the enemies of the State do not choose any date and occasion and just seem to strike even at this time that the country is battling a great pandemic.
Roque, however, reiterate that this must serve as a warning to all, stressing that, “our authorities remain ready and prepared to crush the enemies of the government and quell any armed attack amid the existing state of calamity and public health emergency.” —mbmf
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