Jainul Indamin alias ‘Abdulgani’ remains as a “person of interest” in the explosion of a van at a checkpoint in Lamitan City, Basilan last July 31 even if the Armed Forces of the Philippines already arrested Indamin for violating Republic Act 9165 or illegal possession of explosives.
According to Lt. Col Gerry Besana, spokesperson of the AFP Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM), the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion went to the residence of Indamin in order to question him regarding the incident.
Besana admitted that they have been monitoring the activities of Indamin, and that he could had a hand in the explosion that took away the lives of one soldier, four members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU), and four civilians.
However, Indamin is not yet considered a suspect in the explosion, but one of the persons of interest.
“Iyan ay kakilala ng mga sundalo natin at talagang may mga activities siya na binabantayan, but of course he is being considered isa sa mga persons of interest,” Besana said during DZRH’s Breaktime.
“Posible kasi, hindi pwedeng pag-hinalaan, na may mga participation ang tao na ito kaya natawag na person of interest,” Besana added.
The AFP official clarified that Indamin was brought to the police after being caught possessing a hand grenade, and that the charges against him are not connected with the Lamitan bombing.
Besana also explained that authorities approached many persons of interest, including witnesses of the incident, and not just Indamin in order to clarify various details regarding the incident, particularly those who can identify the van driver who died when the vehicle exploded.
“Marami actually tayong mga kinakausap, yung pwedeng mga witnesses na makakapagturo at makakatulong sa atin para maresolba agad yung ginagawang imbestigation,” Besana said.
In a previous text message, Besana said that informants claimed that Indamin had full knowledge of the bombing, and that he also facilitated the entry of foreign terrorist fighters coming from Malaysia.