Isulan bombing suspect nabbed in Maguindanao
ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat –– One of the suspects in the August 28, 2018 bombing in this capital town of Sultan Kudarat province fell into the hands of authorities over the weekend.
In a radio interview Monday, Lt. Colonel Junny Buenacosa, Isulan town police chief, identified the suspect as 27-year-old Tutin Kuti.
He was arrested Saturday, August 3, in a joint operation of police and military forces in his residence in Barangay Madia, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
The suspect, according to Buenacosa, is believed to be a member of the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
The military and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have tagged the bombing incident as having the imprint of the BIFF. Two persons were killed and 36 others were injured in the evening blast at a roadside.
Police said that based on witnesses’ accounts, Kuti was one of the two young men who left a back pack under a parked motorcycle in front of stalls selling imported used clothes.
Buenacosa added that Kuti was also linked to the March 2016 foiled roadside bombing during a town-wide civic-military parade.
Four days after the first bombing, a second bomb ripped through an internet café in Barangay Kalawag 2, Isulan that killed three persons and injured a dozen others on Sept 2, 2018.
Kuti was arrested based on a search warrant for multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Lorenzo Balo. /lzb
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