Sulu military camp suicide bomber a female, DNA results reveal

Published September 17, 2019, 4:39 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that a female suicide bomber was responsible for the bomb attack in a military camp in Indanan town of Sulu on September 8.

Philippine National Police (MANILA BULLETIN)

This, after a DNA test was conducted on the tissue and bone samples from the decapitated body of the bomber.

“The result of further forensic found partial DNA profile in 20 human tissue and flesh and bone specimens of a recent explosion at a military camp in Indanan, Sulu,” the report read.

The report was referring to the explosion near the entrance of the camp of the Alpha Company of the 35th Infantry Battalion.

No one was hurt during the blast since the alert soldier manning the gate intercepted the suicide bomber and was able to hide before she blew herself off.

But the PNP Crime Laboratory stated that it could not make any conclusion since there is a need to compare the DNA findings with other samples, or the reference standard.

The DNA test was conducted in a bid to identify the suicide bomber. The reference standard is usually tissue samples from the possible relative.

But the DNA test, according to the PNP Crime Laboratory, bolstered eyewitness account that a woman carried out the suicide bombing.

The DNA result is now being kept at the PNP Crime Laboratory in Davao City for future reference.

Suicide bombing attacks occurred in Mindanao in the past months.

In January this year, two foreign suicide bombers blew themselves inside the Jolo Cathedral that left more than 20 churchgoers dead and more or less 100 others injured.

Another suicide bombing was also perpetrated in a military camp in Sulu on June 28, with the suicide bomber established to be a Filipino.

Security officials earlier disclosed that they are monitoring at least five foreign suicide bombers who are believed to be in a mission in the country.

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