bers,” were among those who were killed in the attack.
The police claimed that Kamah, an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf’s Ajan
g-Ajang sub-group, was seen near the church moments before the explosions.
Albayalde said the attack was plotted as early as between Jan. 8. and Jan. 21. “An identified Asian couple believed to be ho
led in Lampinigan island for a few days sailed to Jolo on Jan. 24 by pump boat to meet up with other suspects.”
From fragments and components recovered at the scene, Albayalde said forensic technic
ians concluded that the bombs were made by pipes that contained “possible ammonium nitrate-fuel
il compound as primary explosive charge and possibly boosted by secondary high explosives.”
The IEDs are typical bombs used by the Abu Sayyaf militants, Albayalde said. “The signature
of the Abu Sayyaf group, therefore, is patently present in the IED used in this latest terror attack in Jolo.”
Albayalde added that the investigation of the blasts “is far from over as there are evidences that n
eed to be carefully examined to test its consistency with other facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.”