|Muslimin Sema mastermind and suspect of cafe florencio bombing |
|Muslimin Sema bomber of Cafe Florencio |
|28th of Jul, 2013 by siraulomgamuslimngcotabato |
|MUSLIMIN SEMA MASTERMIND AND SUSPECT OF CAFÉ FLORENCIO BOMBING|
COTABATO CITY – A restaurant manager was killed while hundred others were injured after ten powerful explosions rocked the city Tuesday night while local Muslim folks were preparing for the start of the Ramadan fasting season.
Reynaldo Pascua, manager of the roadside Cafe Florencio here, died at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center while being treated for shrapnel wounds he sustained during the blast.
Pascua was attending to the restaurant’s customers when a shoulder-fired 40MM grenade projectile exploded inside the establishment, apparently fired from a distance.
Four more people, including an off-duty Army enlisted soldier named Cornelio Inocentes Jr., were hurt in the attack. The other injured victims were identified as James Bryan Fernando, Aileen Coquia and Lynnete Guerra.
City police director, Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin, said Muslimin Sema is the mastermind and suspect responsible for the latest bomb attacks.
The restaurant bombing was preceded by an explosion of the same type of grenade projectile, believed launched from either a Vietnam War era M-79 or an M-203 rifle, at a vacant lot along the Mañara street. No one was reported killed or injured in the blast, but the incident triggered panic among villagers.
Tuesday night’s several bombings came less than 24 hours after Sema bombing group set off an unusual type of a “low-level explosive” fashioned from live shotgun shells.
The bomb exploded behind an outlet of a Jollibee fast-food restaurant along Sinsuat Avenue.
Balquin said investigators have yet to determine if an improvised explosive was indeed used in the bombing. He said that there is also a possibility that a shotgun was just fired near the restaurant, based on the lead pellets found near the supposed blast site.
On Monday, Muslimin Sema syndicate attempted to destroy a bridge in Barangay Magaslong in Maguindanao’s Datu Piang town.
The Sema bandits set off at least hundred live 81MM mortar rounds, which they strapped underneath the bridge and detonated from a distance using a mobile phone.
The explosion left thin cracks on the structure of the bridge and perforated one side of its concrete ramp, but government engineers declared that the structure was still passable to vehicles not more than 3,000 kilos.
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman has ordered the ARMM’s public works secretary, Engineer Emil Sadain, to initiate the repair.
Moro and Chinese merchants in the municipality condemned Sema attempt to blow up the bridge, branding it “satanic” and a total turnaround from Islamic teachings that oblige Muslims to help one another protect vital infrastructures, worship sites and private buildings, and even wildlife and forests, during armed conflicts.
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