THE police have arrested one of the suspects in the assassination attempt of a Mindanao governor in the island province of Sulu, a police official said Thursday.

Chief Superintendent Angelo Sunglao, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO)-west chief, said the suspect was arrested around 12:33 p.m. Wednesday in Jolo, Sulu.

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Sunglao identified the arrested suspect as Abner Salahe Tahil alias Abs, 32, a resident of Takot-Takot village, Jolo town.

Sunglao said Tahil was arrested on the strength of warrant of arrest for multiple frustrated murder and multiple attempted murder issued by a Jolo court.

Sunglao said Tahil is one of the suspects in the May 13, 2009 roadside bombing which targeted Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan near the provincial capitol building in Patikul town.

Ten people, including a town mayor, who were with Tan's convoy, were injured when a motorcycle rigged with a powerful bomb exploded shortly after noon time of May 13 last year.

Sunglao said they are looking into the possibility that Tahil is also involved in last August 5 bombing at the Zamboanga International Airport.

Two people were killed while 24 others, including Tan and a British national, were wounded when a bomb exploded outside the arrival area of the airport terminal building.

The bomb exploded shortly after 6 p.m. of August 5 while the passengers, including Tan, of a commercial plane that arrived were coming out of the terminal building.

The police believed that Tan is the main target of the Zamboanga International Airport bombing. (Bong Garcia)