Crack Indonesian team to identify church bombers in Philippines

Indonesian couple suspected of being behind Jolo suicide attack

Soldiers keeping watch as investigators marked out evidence near body bags after blasts at a church in Jolo, Sulu province, on Mindanao island, recently. The leader of the Ajang-ajang faction of the Abu Sayyaf is suspected of helping to plot the atta
Soldiers keeping watch as investigators marked out evidence near body bags after blasts at a church in Jolo, Sulu province, on Mindanao island, recently. The leader of the Ajang-ajang faction of the Abu Sayyaf is suspected of helping to plot the attack, with help from Indonesian militants who had previously committed to becoming martyrs and travelled to the Philippines.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A team from Indonesia's police Detachment 88 anti-terror squad was due to travel to the Philippines yesterday to help the local authorities identify the remains of two suspected Indonesian suicide bombers who carried out a church attack last Sunday that killed nearly two dozen people and wounded more than 100.

The Philippines' Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said on Friday that an Indonesian couple were responsible for the twin blasts on Jolo island, south-west of Zamboanga. The man reportedly used an alias, Abu Huda.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2019, with the headline 'Crack Indonesian team to identify church bombers in Philippines'. Subscribe