Swedish man arrested for bombing public market in Philippines

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A market in the Philippines unrelated to the bombing. Photo: Bernard Spragg on Commons Wikimedia

A Swedish national and three Filipinos have been arrested as they are suspected of being connected to the bombings of a public market on 7 September 2019.

The four allegedly strapped an improvised bomb to a motorcycle, which exploded in front of the market in Sultan Kudarat province in the southern Philippines. Eight people were injured.

According to Xinhua, Major Arvin Encinas, spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, confirmed the arrests.

“The (suspects) and seized items were brought to Sultan Kudarat provincial police office for documentation and filing of appropriate charges,” Major Arvin Encinas said.

He contiued to describe how the authorities also seized an M16 assault rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a shotgun, an improvised explosive device, assorted ammunition, 13 cell phones, bomb-making materials and an ISIS flag.

The IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is being blamed by Philippine police and military authorities for the bombing.

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