Alleged bomber nabbed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 December 2011 15:01

Government forces on Tuesday night arrested a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group who was tagged as one of those allegedly behind the bomb attacks in the city,  including last Sunday’s deadly explosion at Atilano Pension house in Canelar that killed 3 persons and injured 27 others.

The suspect was identified as Hussin Amajad Ahaddin, married, a habal-habal driver and a resident of Purok 4, Barangay Muti.

He was arrested on the strength of a warrant for murder and multiple frustrated murder issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 17 on March 30, 2010 in connection with the twin bombing outside two Shop-O-rama and Shoppers’ Central on October 17, 2002 where seven people were killed and more than two dozens injured.

Authorities also invited three men to the office of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for investigation after they were seen acting suspiciously during the arrest of Ahaddin in their house.

Ahaddin was presented to newsmen by Mayor Celso Lobregat, Police Regional Director-9 Chief Supt. Elpidio De Asis, DIPO chief Director Felicisimo Khu and City Police
Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo yesterday during a press conference at the Directorate Integrated for Police Operation office in Sta. Barbara.

Khu disclosed that Ahaddin is a follower of slain ASG sub-leaders Ustadz Abdullah and Alex Alvarez, both operating under Puruji Indama based in Basilan.

Authorities were also checking thoroughly to establish Ahaddin’s participation in other bomb attacks in this city like the two explosions last August 10, 2007  along Campaner St. and at a pension house along Climaco Avenue that injured dozens of people, at Malagutay on October 2, 2002 which killed a U.S. military serviceman and three civilians and wounded 25 others, Red Palm Pension House in Guiwan and at San Roque cockpit last October 9, 2011.

Khu said that Ahaddin was seen riding a motorcycle at the vicinity of Atilano Pension house few hours before the explosion around 9:30 p.m..

Ahaddin was arrested in 2007 but was released for some legal technicalities.

But authorities elevated his case to the Court of Appeal and finally a warrant of arrest for Ahaddin was issued.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat lauded the police and military for arresting Ahaddin.

Lobregat assured the city government will work hard with authorities in solving pending serious cases like bombings, killings and others and to work hard to imporve the peace and order in the city. — Dan Toribio Jr.