Philippine police: 5 suspects in church bombing in custody

2019-02-04 22:09
Security police carry a body bag out of a church in Jolo in the Sulu province of the Philippines after a two bombs exploded, killing at least 27 people.

Security police carry a body bag out of a church in Jolo in the Sulu province of the Philippines after a two bombs exploded, killing at least 27 people.

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The Philippine police chief says five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants wanted for alleged involvement in the bombing of a church have surrendered to authorities.

Police chief Oscar Albayalde said on Monday that the five will be charged with murder for their role in the January 27 bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral in Sulu province's Jolo town that killed 23 people and wounded about 100.

Police say the suspects escorted the two suicide bombers around Jolo and to a meeting with the Abu Sayyaf commander accused of funding the attack. Police have said the two suicide bombers were Indonesians.

The attack has renewed terrorism fears across the Philippines, where the national police have been placed on full alert and security has been strengthened in churches, shopping malls and other public areas.

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