Bus bombing suspect slain in Cotabato City
The Manila Times
AUTHORITIES have neutralized one of the suspects in the Yellow Bus Lines bombing in Tacurong City earlier this month, an official said on Monday, November 28. LtCol. Lino Capellan, Sultan Kudarat police provincial office spokesman, said Aiman Mandi Ali resisted arrest and was killed during Sunday’s law enforcement operation in Cotabato City. “We were to implement an arrest warrant in connection with the November 6 bus bombing in Tacurong City when the suspect opened fire on lawmen,” Capellan said. Ali’s wife Hainurisa, who was in the same house during the 8:30 a.m. operation in Rosary Heights 6 village in the said city, was also killed in the said encounter. Capellan said the couple belonged to Dawlah Islamiya terrorist group under Salahuddin Hassan, a known extremist leader operating in Maguindanao. Capellan said Aiman was also linked to the Dec. 31, 2018 bombing of the South Seas Mall in Cotabato City. Policemen found two .45 caliber pistols from the suspect’s home, fragmentation grenades, improvised bombs and bomb components, a motorbike, a multicab vehicle, a drone and various identification cards. A passenger was killed and 11 others, including the alleged bomb courier, were injured when an improvised bomb went off inside the Yellow Bus Lines unit near the Tacurong City bus terminal. In the South Seas Mall bombing four years ago, two were killed and nearly 30 were injured.