In a shocking turn of events, a blast at Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City on Sunday claimed four lives and left over 50 individuals injured. Contrary to initial fears, the Philippine National Police (PNP) dispelled concerns of a suicide bombing, shedding light on the incident.
No Suicide Bombing Involved, Confirms PNP Spokesperson
Addressing the media at Camp Crame in Quezon City, PNP Public Information Office Chief Col. Jean Fajardo assured the public that there is no evidence of a suicide bombing. Speaking about the victims, she emphasized, “The four individuals tragically lost in the incident were Christians, attending a Mass when the explosion occurred. No indicators point to suicide bombing involvement.”
Fajardo further revealed that among the two persons of interest (POIs), one is a local terrorist. While their identities remain undisclosed, there are indications linking them to a group previously associated with bombings, especially bus bombings.
Heightened Security Measures in Mindanao as AFP and PNP Collaborate
In response to the incident, the PNP has deployed additional teams to potential hotspots and areas of convergence. Fajardo emphasized the full alert status in all Police Regional Offices in Mindanao, ensuring swift responses to potential threats.
At a command conference in Marawi City, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. urged troops to utilize all available resources and closely coordinate with the PNP. In a proactive move, Brawner engaged in a dialogue with Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim and regional police officials to strategize interventions and enhance security measures.
As investigations unfold, the authorities remain committed to providing clarity on the incident, assuring the public of their relentless efforts to maintain peace and order in the region. The collaboration between the AFP and PNP underscores a united front against potential threats, ensuring the safety of the community.