Cops raid house in Manila’s Islamic center in search of Quiapo bomber

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2017 03:22 AM

Police on Friday raided a house in an Islamic center in Manila, in search of a suspect in the Quiapo blast last week.

A Manila Police District (MPD) SWAT team, and members of the MPD Explosives Ordinance Division raided the house of Haji Rayhana to search for one of the two suspects allegedly responsible for the Quiapo bombing that injured 13 people.

They did not find their target but instead found a bag with wires, low explosive powder, two batteries attached to a pipe, and “enhancers” or pieces of metal comparable to nails that serve as the bomb’s shrapnel.

An MPD source claimed that the wires are used to make pipe bombs. 

Rayhana, however, said the wires are only cable wires and claimed that they were framed up. Neighbors supported her statement, saying that police allegations are not true.

The MPD denied the "frame-up" and said no one was arrested. Police refused to give further details.

“Follow-up investigation is ongoing. We have persons of interest being monitored,” said Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, MPD district director. --With a report from Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News