The National Police on Wednesday vowed to delve deeper into the bus bombing incident that left a 5-year-old boy dead and six more persons, including other minors, injured in Aleosan, North Cotabato.
“We will get to the bottom of this. This bloody incident bears clear signs of a possible terror attack. We condemn violence in all forms,” PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said.
Carlos was referring to the bombing of a Mindanao Star bus along the National Highway in Purok Narra, Brgy. Upper San Mateo, on Tuesday morning.
One Benjamin Solaiman, a 5-year-old passenger, was seriously injured in the blast and died at the hospital hours later.
Injured were his father Haron Solaiman Sr., 24; siblings Yushra, 3; and Haron Jr., 5 months old; and other passengers Rodolfo Castillo, 67; Masid Piang, 25; and Lester Bautista, 17.
Witnesses disclosed that an unidentified person carrying a bag boarded the bus in Kabacan town, then disembarked in Pikit, leaving his cargo.
Carlos said investigators are looking into the possibility that the bombing was connected to the police and military’s recent operation in Pikit.
It can be recalled that on December 29, policemen and soldiers killed five armed men, seized high-powered guns and explosives, and recovered over 400 stolen motorcycles during a raid in the town.
Authorities suspect that group of being involved in extortion and even terroristic acts like bombings.