Zamboanga bombing suspect’s artist sketch released-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, August 20, 2012
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Task Group 9224-Suterville released Monday the computer-generated artist sketch of one of the four suspects behind the recent bombings that rocked this city.
Senior Superintendent James Mejia, who heads the task group, said the artist sketch was derived from the description given to them by the fare collector of the inter-provincial passenger bus.
Seven people, including a two-year-old boy, were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded at the rear portion of the Rural Transit Management Inc. (RTMI) bus with body number 9224 around 9:30 p.m. Thursday while it was approaching the terminal in Barangay Guiwan, 3.4 kilometers east of this city.
No one was killed or wounded in the second bomb explosion that took place around 10:45 p.m., also Thursday, outside the Al-Imam-Al Mahdi mosque at Suterville, Campo Islam village.
Mejia said the suspect was described by witnesses as male, 29-32 years old, medium built, 5’5” to 5’6” in height, and with dark complexion.
Mejia said some of the bus passengers have affirmed the description given by the fare collector. They confirmed that the person on the artist’s sketch was among the four people who boarded the bus along the highway in Barangay Culianan, 13 kilometers east of the city.
One of the four is a woman, according to Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula Director Napoleon Estilles.
Mejia said the four disembarked when the bus stopped and unloaded passengers in front of a shopping mall in Barangay Putik, which is several hundred meters away from the bus terminal.
He said they are comparing the computer-generated artist sketch to their rouge gallery for possible identification of the suspect.
However, he refused to name any group that could be behind the twin explosions.
He said they have yet to establish the identity of the suspect or suspects in the bomb explosion near the Al-Imam-Al Mahdi mosque.
Mejia said the explosion near the mosque was intended to create panic and sow fear.
The police are also trying to determine whether the two incidents were connected. (Sunnex)