- The PNP Special Investigation Task Group has released the sketch of the suspect in the Davao blasting
- The suspect was the man who left a black bag containing the bomb at a massage booth
- According to PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, the suspect might be one of Marwan's students
The Philippine National Police Special Investigation Task Group released on Wednesday, the artist's sketch of the male suspect who left a black bag where the explosive device was located during the Davao blasting at the Roxas night market on Sept. 2.
The blasting left 14 people dead and 70 more wounded.
Police director Benjamin Magalong, during a press conference in Davao City, presented the sketch of the suspect whose face was covered with a black face mask.
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According to SITG, the man's face was "positively identified by witnesses as the one who left the black bag containing the bomb" at a massage booth at around 10 p.m.
Police stated that the improvised explosive device (IED) used was made out of two ammunition, a 60mm and an 81mm put together into a single explosive device.
Police Regional Director Gaerlan said that the IED was intended to harm and inflict maximum casualties. He added: "Lumabas ito (It came out) through reconstructions of the metal fragments recovered from the bodies of the victims and from the blast site. The device was cellphone-activated."
PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said that the suspect might be a "student" of Zulkifli Bin Hir also known as "Marwan", the slain Malaysian bomb-maker during the Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao in January 2015 where 44 Special Action Force commandos were killed.
Dela Rosa said: “Pinagbasehan doon yung trademark nung improvised explosives device na mortar round. Kanya kanyang signature ’yong mga bomb maker. That kind of bomb, it can be traced back to the Central Mindanao area where maraming naturuan si Marwan doon.”
(It was based on the trademark of the improvised explosives device which was mortar round. Bomb makers have their own signatures. That kind of bomb, it can be traced back to the Central Mindanao area where Marwan taught many.)
According to Dela Rosa, ONP was still tracing the suspect's location.