Cops recover motorbike used in Maguindanao town mosque bombing

COTABATO CITY -- Police in Maguindanao recovered a motorbike used by two men, who lobbed grenades at the Talayan mosque Friday noon, April 21.

Eight persons, including Mayor Nathaniel Midtimbang of Datu Anggal Midtimbang town, his father, former mayor Kagi Midtimbang and six others, were hurt in the blast as they emerged from a noon prayer.

The Regional Darul Ifta (Islamic House of Opinion) condemned the terror attack while worshippers were leaving the Mosque premises after the Friday congregational prayer.

“We call upon the authorities to investigate to ascertain the motive and to arrest the perpetrators,” the Darul Ifta said in a statement.

Maguindanao Police Director Agustin Tello, said police are determining the owner of the motorbike.

Tello said the attackers fled on two motorcycles, one of which was recovered later along the national highway.

The elder Midtimbang sustained shrapnel wounds in both legs and was airlifted, along with his son Mayor Nathaniel to Davao City for further medical treatment.

Police said the other grenade failed to explode and was properly defused by army bomb experts.

The attackers abandoned the motorbike at the highway and boarded a waiting white Toyota Innova with no license plates, said residents who ran after them.

Talayan has been subjected to grenade and improvised bomb attacks in recent years after it hosted a Peace Summit denouncing extremism in town.

Police eyed the involvement of religious fanatics who attended extremism and jihadist talks by suspected foreign terrorists in Maguindanao.

Tello said also considered persons of interests were members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters operating in Talayan and nearby towns. (PNA)
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