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PNP identifies Jolo cathedral bombing suspect

A Philippine Army member walks inside a church after a bombing attack in Jolo, Sulu province, Philippines January 27, 2019. Armed Forces of the Philippines – Western Mindanao Command/Handout via REUTERS

The Philippine National Police (PNP) identified one of the suspects behind the twin bombings of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday, Jan. 27.

PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said that they recognized one of the suspects as alias ‘Kamah’, the brother of slain Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Surakah Ingog.

Security cameras caught Kamah, a known bomb-maker of the ASG, lurking around Mt. Carmel Cathedral before the two explosions happened. The suspect also recently got involved in an encounter with the military.

The military are currently studying if the bombs used by the suspects were remotely detonated in order to confirm the identities of the mastermind behind the two blasts that left at least 20people dead and more than 100 people injured.

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