A suspect in the bombing of the Mindanao State University (SU) in Marawi City has been arrested, citing an initial report, Col. Xerxes Trinidad, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office, said the suspect was identified as one Jafar Gamo Sultan, alias Jaf/Kurot, alleged Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group member.

Trinidad said Sultan was allegedly one of the accomplices who caused the blast using a 60-mm mortar in the middle of a Catholic mass at about 7 a.m. on December 3. At least four people were killed and scores were injured in the incident.

Sultan was apprehended in an operation by Task Force Marawi in Barangay Dulay Proper in Marawi, on the basis of an intelligence report and witnesses accounts outside of MSU. The task force is a special contingent created by the AFP and Marawi City police. This development shows the seriousness of the government in capturing the perpetrators of the terrorist attack on innocent civilians and in ensuring that similar incidents will not happen again,” Trinidad said.

the AFP’s commitment to its mandate as protector of the people and the state he added. AFP Chief Romeo Brawner was informed of the arrest instructed his command to furnish him with a progress report of the ongoing follow-operations against other suspects involved in the explosion.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday released a cartographic sketch of two suspects, identified as Kadapi Mimbesa alias Engineer, and Arsani Membisa, alias Katab/Papitos, alleged operatives of the Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group.

Col. Jean Fajardo, PNP Public Affairs chief, said the two suspects fit the description of the individuals who were seen entering the MSU premises and inside the gymnasium before the explosion.

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