Sunday, August 14, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 14, 2011) – Villagers have captured and mauled a man who was about to detonate an improvised explosive in downtown Jolo in the southern Philippine of Sulu, officials said.
Officials said Gabby Ayyub was collared by civilians Saturday afternoon while he trying to detonate the bomb near a row of stalls selling fruits along the busy Serrantes Road, just several blocks away from the main police headquarters.
The 28-year old motorcycle taxi driver was handed over to the police and later on brought to the hospital for medical treatment after an angry mob cornered him.
“The suspect was immediately brought to hospital for treatment and presently detained at the Jolo municipal police station,” Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a regional army spokesman, told the Mindanao Examiner.
Police is still investigating the man and the motive behind the foiled attack.
It was not immediately known whether the man was a member of the Abu Sayyaf group blamed by authorities for the series of bombings in the province and in other parts of Mindanao.
Just recently, police also recovered two powerful bombs planted on a highway in Maguindanao's Datu Unsay town, and in a bus depot in Tacurong City, all in the restive region of Mindanao where a motorcycle bomb was detonated that killed one person and wounded 9 others.
Last month, security forces clashed with Abu Sayyaf militants on a remote village in Sulu’s Patikul town. Severn marines were killed and decapitated by militants in more than two hours of fierce fighting that also left 20 soldiers wounded. (Mindanao Examiner)