Cops still clueless on Jolo Christmas bomber

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) remained clueless on Sunday as to the identity of those behind the Christmas Day bombing of a chapel inside a police camp in Sulu province.

At least 11 people, including a priest, were hurt when an improvised explosive device on the roof of the Evangelical Chapel in Camp Asturias exploded during an early morning Christmas Mass.

Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., PNP spokesman, said investigators and bomb experts are still sifting for clues from the bomb fragments recovered from the site.

“Our investigators will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this incident,” Cruz said in a text message.

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) have already recovered IED fragments.

Cruz said the Christmas Day attack shows that terrorists are “insensitve” and “barbaric.”

At the time of the incident, the chapel’s security was tight and was manned jointly by elements of the Philippine Marines and of the PNP’s Special Action Force (SAF).

The incident took place a day after police foiled a bombing attempt of a bus terminal in Kabacan town in Cotabato. Anthony Vargas


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