- Police has released composite sketch of suspect who bombed Davao night market
- PNP chief said attacker may be student of slain Malaysian terrorist Marwan
- Authorities reviewing CCTV footage for better image, are tracking down persons of interest
MANILA, Philippines – Police have released a composite sketch of the main suspect who left the black bag containing the bomb that ripped through a popular night market in Davao City on September 2.
The image of the suspect — described as a 30-something slim-built man measuring 5 feet and 7 inches tall and wearing a black mask at the time of the incident — was taken from the recollection of eyewitnesses to the deadly blast.
According to PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, the suspect could be a protégé of slain Malaysian terrorist and bombmaker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.
“Pinagbasehan doon ‘yung trademark nung improvised explosive device na mortar round. Kanya-kanyang signature ’yung mga bomb maker. That kind of bomb, it can be traced back to the Central Mindanao area where maraming naturuan si Marwan doon,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
At the same time, Dela Rosa said he is not discounting the possibility that several Islamic militant groups like the Mautes, the Abu Sayyaf, and the Ansar Khalifa may have formed an unholy alliance in support of the Islamic State.
Davao police are still reviewing the CCTV footage to get a better image of the suspect. Police chief Sr. Supt. Michael John Dubria said they are also tracking down three persons of interest who were seen by the suspect before the bombing.
Dubria added that the suspect took a massage from an attendant at the night market shortly before leaving his bag with the bomb.
“This IED was carried by one person inside a bag who availed of a massage service of the night market. That person left hurriedly. We believe that IED exploded pag-alis nung tao,” he said.