Al-Khobar terror group tagged in North Cotabato bus burningJune 7, 2021
NORTH COTABATO – Military and police officials have tagged the Al-Khobar terror group as responsible for last week’s burning of a bus in Mlang town that caused the death of three passengers and hurt six others.
Police Col. Henry Villar, North Cotabato provincial police director, said Monday they are now validating reports from residents of Mlang and in nearby towns.
Police sources alleged that the Al-Khobar carried out the arson attack.
Authorities held the group responsible in the bombing of a unit of the Yellow Bus Line in Tulunan, North Cotabato last January. The bomb attack had left a passenger dead and injured five others.
Three men barged into the bus after its driver pulled over along a highway in Barangay Bialong in Mlang to pick up their ticket inspector waiting by.
The suspects poured gasoline on the floor of the bus and set it afire using a disposable lighters before jumping out through its half-open hydraulic door.
Three passengers, Johnny Roy Tadeo Ramil, 28; Hazel Mallo Galardo, 30; and the 48-year-old Arnold Patron perished in the attack.
The fire that engulfed the bus, according to the police, burned the victims alive inside the bus.
The Al-Khobar is a sub-group in the Dawlah Islamiya. It has the reputation of bombing establishments and public transportations to exact “protection money.”
Military officers had also held the Al-Khobar responsible.
Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the 6th ID, has helped the police put closure to last week’s incident. The municipality of Mlang is under the jurisdiction of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division.
PHOTO: Authorities tagged the Al-Khobar terror group as responsible for the bus burning incident. (Contributed photo)