By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has tagged the terrorist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as behind the series of bombings in Maguindanao this week.
In a statement, Army 6th Infantry Division (6ID) Commander, Maj. Gen. Diosdadao Carreon, said the BIFF conducted the bombings following their intensified campaign against the terror group.
“The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are responsible for the series of bombing in Maguindanao as a result of our intensive military operation against the terror and lawless groups that are trying to disrupt the peace and security in Maguindanao,” Carreon said.
Carreon said two soldiers belonging to the 57th Infantry Battalion were wounded following an explosion in Brgy. Bakat, Rajah Buayan Maguindanao, Tuesday afternoon.
It was learned that the troops were conducting security operation at around 1 p.m. when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded hitting Pfc. Narciso B. Monreal on his legs and stomach and Sgt. Archie L. Dema-ala on his arms.
The wounded soldiers were immediately brought at a hospital in Midsayap, North Cotabato for immediate medical treatment. They were declared out of danger and were brought to Camp Siongco Station Hospital to recuperate.
Another IED exploded in Brgy. Brar, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao at around 7:25 p.m. but no one was reported hurt.
Troops of 90th Infantry Battalion responded in the area of explosion and coordinated the incident to the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of the Army.
When the 3rd EOD team arrived in the area for post-blast investigation, another unexploded IED was found at 10:25 p.m. near the area of explosion. The IED was successfully defused without causing any harm to the residents near the area.
Another suspected IED was discovered in Crossing Sigbul, Brgy. Sadsalan in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat Wednesday morning after two men riding a motorcycle left a sack at a roadside after avoiding a military and police checkpoint.
The government troops noticed that the riders turned back 150 meters away from the checkpoint area and throw the sack at a roadside.
Troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and PNP-Lambayong immediately cordoned and checked the area left with sack. It was found out that it contained an 81mm mortar after evaluation from the PNP Explosive and Ordnance Disposal team.
Carreon said the mortar is believed to be used in making improvised explosive devices by the terror group Mindanao.
“I commend our government troops for their fast action to pre-empt possible bombing attempt in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat. I also urged our civilian counterparts to report immediately any suspicious things or persons to the authority,” Carreon said.
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