GenSan blast suspect killed in Sarangani shootout


Posted at Oct 22 2018 03:00 PM

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Police line surrounds an in General Santos City where an improvised explosive device detonated on September 16, injuring 8 people. File

MANILA - A suspect in the bombing that wounded 8 people in General Santos City last September was killed in a follow-up operation in Sarangani province, police said Monday. 

The suspect, identified as Bassir Sahak, exchanged gunfire with state troops in Barangay Daliao, Maasim town, said Soccsksargen police chief C/Supt. Eliseo Rasco. 

An M-16 rifle, several bullets and bomb-making materials were recovered from the suspect, said Rasco. 

Sahak is facing frustrated murder charges over the explosion of a homemade bomb outside a drug store in General Santos last Sep. 16, as other parts of the country reeled from the onslaught of typhoon Ompong. 

The suspect was allegedly part of Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. 

His father, Kupang Sahak, evaded arrest during the operation.