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MILF Suicide Bomber Tagged

A member of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) with explosives strapped to his body is believed responsible for the deadly bombing at the Davao City International Airport last Tuesday, Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes said yesterday. Reyes said the MILF suicide bomber, identified as Montasher Sudang, 23, a resident of Kabacan, North Cotabato, was among the 21 people listed as fatalities in the blast. Defense department spokesman Lt. Col. Danilo Servando said Sudang carried a backpack containing the explosives that ripped through a waiting lounge at the airport Tuesday. “Sudang was one of the fatalities in the Davao blast,” Servando said. “He was the bomb carrier.” It was not immediately clear, however, if the suspect planned to leave the package in the airport or if he planned to die in the attack. “What is confirmed here is he (Sudang) is an MILF member. The investigators are now theorizing that he was the (suicide) bomber,” Servando said. MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu, on the other hand, said the government claim that Sudang was the bomber was “a total lie” and part of a campaign to discredit the group. Full Story

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