MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine defense chief has announced the capture of three suspected Muslim militants he says are responsible for a Sept. 2 bombing that killed 15 people and prompted the president to declare a state of lawlessness to counter terrorism in the country.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday that the three suspects possessed a cellphone video of the bombing, which wounded 69 people at a night market in southern Davao city, and the bloody aftermath. He said the suspects were arrested recently carrying bomb-making materials at a security checkpoint in southern Cotabato city.
He said the cellphone video showed the night market scene, followed by a flash of light as the bomb went off, yells of "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," then chaos.
Seven other suspects are being hunted.