Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sulu governor survives slay try; 4 others injured in road side bombing

Photos released by Philippine authorities show what is left from a “motorcycle bomb” after an attack Wednesday, May 13, 2009 on the convoy of Sulu provincial governor Sakur Tan, who survived the assassination attempt, but a town mayor, Hatta Berto, of Pandami, and two army and a policeman were injured in the road bombing in Patikul town in Sulu, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. Police are investigating the attack. (Mindanao Examiner)

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 13, 2009) – Sulu Governor Sakur Tan has survived an assassination attempt on his life, but four of his escorts were wounded in a broad daylight attack Wednesday.

Tan’s convoy was passing a road in Patikul town when a parked motorcycle rigged with explosives was detonated at around 12.15 p.m.

A town mayor, Hatta Berto, of Pandami, who was with Tan and two army soldiers and a policeman escorting him were injured in the bombing, his spokesman, Sonny Abing, told reporters.

“The governor came from his office and was on his way home for lunch when the bombing occurred. Governor Tan is unscathed from the attack which occurred near the Provincial Capitol.”

“The people have condemned the assassination attempt on the life of Governor Tan, who is working hard to achieve peace and development in Sulu,” he said.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Abing said the police are investigating the attack.

Regional police chief Bensali Jabarani did not give any statement and ignored phones calls from journalists. Sulu is one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region.

The failed assassination came barely a week after Abu Sayyaf militants, whose group is holding hostage an Italian aid worker, ambushed and killed the Sulu police chief, Julasirim Kasim, and four others in Indanan town.

It was unknown if the Abu Sayyaf had anything to do with the latest attack or if the failed assassination on the official was related to politics.

Tan is a religious man and a known philanthropist in Mindanao, who won by a landslide in 2007 against incumbent governor Benjamin Loong and former rebel leader Nur Misauri. (Mindanao Examiner)

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