AFP, PNP: Filipino suicide bomber behind Sulu attack


This is the first officially confirmed case of a suicide bombing in the Philippines perpetrated by a Filipino, and marks an escalation in terror tactics by local extremists

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) said one of the two attackers behind the twin blasts in Indanan, Sulu, on June 28 was a Filipino.

In a joint statement, the AFP and PNP said investigators from the Regional Crime Laboratory Office of the Police Regional Office 11 in Davao City found a “99.99% match” between a DNA sample from the remains of the attacker identified as Norman Lasuca, and samples from his mother Velman Alam Lasuca and his brother, Alhussin Alam Lasuca.

It was the first officially confirmed case of a suicide bombing in the Philippines perpetrated by a Filipino. It marked a major escalation in terror tactics by local extremists, as suicide bombing was unheard of among Filipinos – until now.

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Source: Rappler