Suspect in Zambo twin blast faces frustrated murder

By RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 25 2014 10:23 AM | Updated as of Nov 25 2014 06:23 PM

ZAMBOANGA - The Zamboanga City Police Office has filed a frustrated murder case against the alleged bomber in the Deluxe Massage and Videokebar Bar explosion along Tomas Claudio Street, this city last November 9.

Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, Zamboanga City police office public information head, identified the alleged bomber as Muamar Askalani alias Abu Rami.

Huesca said they are still verifying if this is the same person who acted as the spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaf Group during the negotiation for the release of two German nationals last October.

Police said they came up with the name of the alleged bomber based on the testimonies of the employees of the establishment who saw the suspect inside the videoke bar minutes before the first explosion happened.

The second explosion happened just outside in the adjacent establishment in same area.

PO2 Franklin Ined, a member of Zamboanga City bomb squad, was injured in the second blast, causing damage to his eye.

PO2 Ined is still in the hospital until now after undergoing two medical operations to save his other eye.

Diego, the bomb sniffing dog being handled by PO2 Ined, was recognized by the local officials of Zamboanga City as a hero for saving the life of his handler.

Diego sustained minor injury after the explosion.

Based on the results of his medical examinations, Diego's internal organs were not affected in the blast but he was put to 2-3 weeks rest and rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, the police and military in Zamboanga City are still in heightened alert following the explosion in North Cotabato which left 2 persons dead and several others were hurt.

Huesca said they remained vigilant and alert, to thwart any possible sabotage and attacks especially in the vital installation of the city.