Philippine police and military have arrested three suspects believed to have involved in Thursday's bombing of a passenger bus in Matalam town in North Cotabato that killed 10 people and injured 30 others, local media reported on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
The three did not resist arrest when they were seized at their hideout in Shariff district, a slum area in Cotabato city that is a known haven of drug traffickers, regional military spokesman Benjamin Hao said.
Pigko Tangkulo, who was earlier arrested by the police following tips from several informants and confessed that the suspects had ordered him to board the bus with the explosive device, led the police and military to the hideout of the suspects.
An explosion happened inside a deluxe passenger bus which was traveling toward Tacurong City at a spot in North Cotabato shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. Ten were killed and 30 others were wounded, according to a police statement.
After the mishap, the Philippine National Police has formed a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) composed of experts from the North Cotabato regional police and the military explosive experts.