SECURITY forces have scored a major breakthrough in their investigation into the bomb attack in front of a public market in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat last September 7 with the arrest of five suspects including a Swedish national who are all believed to be ISIS-sympathizers, Police Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus announced yesterday.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said recovered from the suspects who were arrested last Monday were several improvised explosive devices, unlicensed firearms and an ISIS flag.
Corpus said four of the suspects including Swedish citizen Hassan Akgun were arrested during simultaneous raids in Sitio Nakan, Barangay Kapaya in Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat.
Two of the suspects identified as Normia and Norshiya Camsa were arrested following a search of their house which led in the confiscation of one caliber .45 pistol with several live ammunition, an IED and several IED components including a gallon of suspected powdered ammonium nitrate powder.
Corpus said that the Swedish citizen and a 4th suspect identified as Abedin Camsa alias ‘Beds’ were arrested in another raid which led in the recovery of one M-16 automatic rifle with several bullets, a 12-gauge shotgun, some IED components, one gallon of ammonium nitrate and a backpack containing an ISIS flag.
The Central Mindanao police director said that the 5th suspect identified as Kamlon Tongab Camsa, identified as the vice chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front Military Affairs, was arrested in General Santos City while in possession of a bag which was found to be containing two hand grenades.
The three Camsas and Akgun are now undergoing interrogation at the Sultan Kudarat Police Provincial Office while Kamlon Camsa is being investigated by the General Santos City Police Station 2.