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DNA test confirms 'suicide bomber' was a woman

THE DNA examination conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory confirmed that the alleged suicide bomber in the latest terrorist attack in Sulu was a woman.

In a statement, the PNP Crime Laboratory said 13 of the 20 specimens recovered from the crime scene were found to be similar to a woman’s DNA.

However, it said the identity of the woman has not been established.

The woman, who was reported to have Caucasian features, was responsible for the attack on the detachment in Barangay Tagbak in Indanan on September 8.

She was said to have been wearing a traditional black Muslim woman's gown when she exploded. She failed to enter the detachment though.

The woman was among five alleged suicide bombers who were tasked to stage attacks in Sulu, according to the military.

Two others, including the first known Filipino suicide bomber, were responsible for the June 28 blast at the tactical command post of the Philippine Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan in Sulu.

The fourth suspected suicide bomber, identified as Nanz Sawadjaan, was killed in an encounter with the military in the vicinity of Sitio Tubig Pansol, Barangay Langhub in Sulu.

The military is still hunting down a fifth suspected suicide bomber. (SunStar Philippines)


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