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Authorities search for three suspects for allegedly sabotaging the Las Americas runway lights

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The President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, informed that the government authorities are on the lookout for three suspects in the case of the alleged sabotage to the Las Américas International Airport (AILA) runway lights.

Abinader claimed that the person in charge of guarding the area through which those who committed the act entered the airport had retired from his post after “presenting a supposed health issue an hour before the incident was recorded”.

The president also assured that the guard is currently detained, while the investigation process is being completed.

Likewise, the head of state asserted that once it is completed, the results of the investigation will be revealed to the population.

As of now, there are two detained and the other three suspects are currently under chase by the country’s security agencies.

Last Monday it was reported that the military commission in charge of the investigation process on the case had investigated about 20 individuals, but they did not reveal more information about the matter.

The investigation efforts are composed of the National Investigation Department (DNI) of the Specialized Corps of Airport Security and Civil Aviation and other agencies, officials of the Central Directorate of Criminal Investigations (Dicrim), and representatives of the Public Ministry and J-2 of the Ministry of Defense.

On May 23rd, the Las Américas International Airport reported a shutdown in the electrical cables that feed the landing strip lighting system, which occurred around 7 pm.

Days later the government described the fact as “acts of vandalism”, in which they cut in an “intentional and planned” manner the electrical cables of the circuit that feeds the lighting system.

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