Philippines Arrests Main Suspect of Jolo Cathedral Bombing

02/04/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde announced on Monday, February 4 that the man believed to be the main suspect in the deadly Jolo Cathedral bombing, has surrendered to authorities.

“I am pleased to announce the surrender over the weekend of Kammah Pae and 4 other persons, who performed individual roles in that incident,” Albayalde said in a press briefing. He added the suspects chose to surrender due to the intense manhunt operation against them.

During an inspection of Kammah’s house, police found an assembled improvised explosive device (IED) and bomb-making components.

Albayalde also confirmed that an Indonesian woman – a suicide bomber – detonated the first bomb inside the cathedral, while another man, also an Indonesian and believed to be her husband, detonated the second bomb outside the church.

While Kammah denied involvement in the twin bombings at the Jolo cathedral, eyewitnesses’ and his cohorts’ accounts showed he escorted the Indonesian couple.

The police filed multiple murder and frustrated murder charges against Kammah Pae and four other members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, for killing 23 and wounded more than 100 others at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral.

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