INDONESIANS HUNTED FOR DAVAO BOMBINGS

Davao City, April 8, 2003 Policemen are hunting down five Indonesian terrorists who are believed to 
be behind the bombings at the Davao International Airport and the Sasa Wharf.

National Police intelligence confirmed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's 
disclosure that the Southeast Asia-based international terrorist group 
Jama'ah Islamiyah was behind the bombing of Sasa Wharf in Davao City last 
week that left 16 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Chief Supt. Robert Delfin, head of the Directorate for Intelligence, said 
the National Police are on the trail of five Indonesians said to be 
connected to the Jama'ah Islamiyah and who are believed to be involved in 
the bombing.

The five Indonesians were identified as Sulaiman, Sulkifli, Nasruddin, 
Hajii Akhmad and Harmia.


The Armed Forces, meanwhile, described Duterte's claim as credible because 
the mayor has information accessible to him, being the crisis manager in 
the province.

Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Garcia, Armed Forces vice chief of staff and concurrent 
military spokesman, also said that Duterte has a strong basis for saying 
that the special unit of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front 
(MILF) had connived with the Jama'ah Islamiyah in carrying out the bombing.

"Mayor Duterte would probably have information that is accessible to him, 
being the crisis manager there; and being the Davao City mayor, who is 
taking the lead in harnessing efforts of our investigative agencies in the 
area to be able to pinpoint responsibility for the recent bombing in Sasa 
Wharf," said Garcia.

Meanwhile, Delfin said the head of Task Force Sasa, Senior Supt. Isidro la 
Peņa, has the same information as that of Duterte. La Peņa is also the 
Southern Mindanao police commander.

"The special MILF unit may be involved in both bombings, but the more 
recent [information] seems to indicate Mayor Duterte pointing to Indonesian 
members of JI, based on [material gathered by] intelligence committee," 
said Delfin.

Delfin said his office believes that the five Indonesians are still in 
Mindanao.

Duterte earlier said that members of the Jama'ah Islamiyah has connived 
with the members of MILF special urban terrorist action group or SUTAG. 
Authorities revealed that SUTAG has been involved in at least 20 bombings 
in Mindanao this year.


Duterte has also warned that the Indonesian terrorists have allegedly 
linked up with their local counterparts and are now "working overtime" to 
carry out more bombing missions.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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