DNA test confirms identity of 1st Filipino suicide attacker

In this Friday, June 28, 2019 photo, Philippine troops examine the scene of the suicide attack carried out by Muslim militants at a military camp in Indanan township, on the island of Jolo in Sulu province that killed five people and the bombers in the southern Philippines. Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told The Associated Press Tuesday, July 2, 2019, that the family of the 23-year-old militant, Norman Lasuca, has identified him as one of the bombers who detonated a bomb on Friday at the gate of an army encampment in Sulu province's Indanan town. Lasuca is the first known Filipino militant to have agreed to carry out a suicide bombing, a development that has concerned Philippine security officials. (AP Photo)
In this Friday, June 28, 2019, photo, a soldier walks past damaged military vehicles from suicide attack carried out by militants at a military camp in Indanan township, on the island of Jolo in Sulu province that killed five people and the bombers in the southern Philippines. Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told The Associated Press Tuesday, July 2, 2019, that the family of the 23-year-old militant, Norman Lasuca, has identified him as one of the bombers who detonated a bomb on Friday at the gate of an army encampment in Sulu province's Indanan town. Lasuca is the first known Filipino militant to have agreed to carry out a suicide bombing, a development that has concerned Philippine security officials. (AP Photo)

MANILA, Philippines — Officials say a DNA test has confirmed the identity of the first known Filipino suicide bomber.

Two attackers carrying explosives killed three soldiers, two villagers and themselves and wounded 22 others in a June 28 attack on an army camp in southern Sulu province.

The Philippine police and military said Wednesday that tissues taken from the remains of one of the attackers identified by his family as Norman Lasuca matched those of his mother, Vilman Lasuca. The second attacker remains unidentified.

The officials say Lasuca is linked to the Abu Sayyaf extremist group and is the first known home-grown suicide bomber, a development that has alarmed authorities.

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