ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Joint elements of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group and the Task Force Zamboanga International Airport have arrested one of the suspects in the 2009 bomb attack against Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan.
The May 13, 2009 attack in Patikul, Sulu, injured 9 people, including a town mayor, but missed hitting a convoy that carried Tan.
Abner Salahe Tahil, a 32-year-old resident of Zone 2 in Barangay Takot-Takot in Jolo, Sulu, was arrested inside a mosque in Kasanyangan village in Jolo.
Chief Superintendent Edwin Corvera, Police Regional Office-9 director, said Tahil has arrest warrants issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 3 in Sulu for multiple frustrated murder and multiple attempted murder.
Tahil is believed to be the right-hand man of Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie, who also has several standing arrest warrants.
Police tagged Tulawie as the alleged mastermind of the August 5 bombing incident in Zamboanga City airport that injured a number of people, including Tan.
Tulawie earlier denied participation in the attacks. He remains at large.
Corvera said Tahil will undergo interrogation in connection with the Zamboanga City airport bombing case.
He added that Tahil may have personal knowledge about the airport blast.