Westmincom: No ISIS-linked group behind Davao blast

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2016 08:00 PM

Bodies lie on the ground while police investigators inspect the area of a market where an explosion happened in Davao City on Friday. Lean Daval Jr, Reuters

ZAMBOANGA - The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) denied the allegations of an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) spokesman that a bigger terrorist organization allied with the ISIS was behind the deadly explosion in Davao City which left 14 persons dead and more than 60 others wounded.

Westmincom spokesperson Major Filemon Tan said there has been no validated information that the international terror group ISIS has recognized the ASG or other local terror groups in the country as their allies.

He added that the ASG used the opportunity to link their group to ISIS following the Davao blast to project themselves as a united and strong terror group in the country.

Tan, likewise, denied the statement made by ASG spokesperson Abu Rami that several local Islamic militant groups have united to form the core of a regional Islamic caliphate allegedly linked to ISIS.

Abu Rami, in a statement released over the weekend, said the Islamic State-linked group, of which ASG is a member, was behind the Davao explosion. 

He added that aside from the ASG, there are several other local groups who have been actively supporting the newly formed Islamic militant group.

"As I told you, that is not an Abu Sayyaf Group, Islamic group, Junudul Kirafa group, the IS group. Islamic State group, 'yun ang responsible sa bombing. Pero hindi na tayo magsasabi na Abu Sayyaf 'yun, o ano 'yun, Amarakattul Ansar, Silafah, kasi marami na ang napapaloob sa Junundul Silafah, 'yung Soldier of Allah," Abu Rami said.

(As I told you, that is not an Abu Sayyaf Group, Islamic group, Junudul Kirafa group, the IS group. Islamic State group, they are responsible for the bombing. But I will not say that it is Abu Sayyaf, or Amarakattul Ansar, Silafah, because there are many groups that are part of Junundul Silafah, or Soldier of Allah.)

According to Tan, there has been progress in the police investigation on the Davao blast, and the public must wait for the final result of the investigation to establish the group or persons behind the attack.