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President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials are scheduled to visit the southern Philippines where twin bomb blasts at a Roman Catholic cathedral killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 100.
Ahead of Duterte’s visit on Monday, Oscar Albayalde, the country’s police chief revealed that the brother of a slain Abu Sayyaf leader is a suspect in the attack on Jolo, an island in Sulu province in the restive south.
He identified the person by his as alias, Kamah, brother of Abu Sayyaf leader Surakah Ingog. The suspect, who the police said is a known bomb maker, was caught on security camera footage near the church shortly before the incident attack.
Kamah is still at large, the police chief said, adding that about two kilos of explosives were used in the bombing.
The attack came six days after a referendum on expanded autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote amid hopes the plan would bring development, jobs and peace to a region long plagued by poverty and instability.