BOMB-MAKING COMPONENTS. A police investigator accounts for the improvised bomb and bomb-making components seized from a slain couple linked to the Daesh-inspired Dawlah Islamiya Group on Sunday (Nov. 28, 2022) in Cotabato City. One of those slain, Aiman Ali Mandi, is a suspect behind the Nov. 6, 2022 bus bombing incident in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat province. (Photo courtesy of Sultan Kudarat PPO)

COTABATO CITY – Law enforcement operatives have neutralized one of the suspects in the Yellow Bus Lines (YBL) bombing in Tacurong City earlier this month, an official said Monday.

Lt. Col. Lino Capellan, speaking for Sultan Kudarat police provincial office, said Aiman Mandi Ali resisted arrest and was killed during Sunday’s law enforcement operation here.

“We were to implement an arrest warrant in connection with the November 6 bus bombing in Tacurong City when the suspect opened fire on lawmen,” Capellan told reporters here in an interview Monday.

Also killed was Ali’s wife Hainurisa, who was in the same house during the 8:30 a.m. operation in Barangay Rosary Heights 6 here.

Capellan said the couple belonged to Dawlah Islamiya (DI) terrorist group under Salahuddin Hassan, a known DI leader operating in Maguindanao.

Capellan said Aiman was also linked to the Dec. 31, 2018 bombing of the South Seas Mall in Cotabato City.

Policemen found two .45-caliber pistols from the suspect’s home, fragmentation grenades, improvised bombs and bomb components, motorbike, multicab vehicle, a drone, and various identification cards.

A passenger was killed and 11 others, including the alleged bomb courier, were injured when an improvised bomb went off inside the Yellow Bus Lines unit near the Tacurong City bus terminal.

In the South Seas mall bombing four years ago, two were killed and nearly 30 were injured. (PNA)