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Abu Sayyaf extremists bomb bridge in Jolo


MANILA, Philippines – Al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf extremists have bombed and destroyed a bridge used by government forces and villagers in Patikul town in Sulu, authorities said on Sunday.

National police spokesman Agrimero Cruz said nobody was injured in the powerful explosion that brought down Kilometer 15 Bridge in Barangay (village) Pangdanon late Saturday night. The militants have bombed a number of bridges on Jolo to derail military offensives and government responses to terrorist attacks. One of these was the Kandayok bridge in Panamao town, which was bombed on January 4.

Cruz said that the remote-controlled bomb consisted of an unspecified type of explosives attached to a wrist watch.

Colonel Jose Johriel Cenabre, deputy commander for Marines operations of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said the wooden bridge collapsed and “people now have to cross the river below it.”

Cenabre said the bandits tried three times to blast away the Tangan-tangan Bridge in Barangay Tiaung in Patikul last year.

He said most of the infrastructure projects, such as bridges, roads, classrooms and clinics, were built in Sulu with the help of the US Armed Forces. The US government has poured some P163 million for Sulu.

U.S.-backed Philippine offensives have weakened the Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for deadly bombings, kidnappings and beheadings, but the group remains a key security threat.

Originally posted at 02:31 pm | Sunday, January 08, 2012

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  • Manuel_II

    Destroying Bridge to isolate the place so they can control it.

    All MILF activities are now being blame to Abu Sayyaf but the real perpetrator are the MILF themselves.

  • BatangSingapore

    parang inspired ang pagkagawa sa pelikula ng Jason Bourne.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Tanong nyo kung saan nanggaling yung pambili nila ng bala at bomba?
    Eh di kay Pwehnoy din.
    Na napaka-galante mamudmod ng pera ng bayan sa mga kriminal at bandido.

  • i_am_filipino

    Use the navy ship and target them, or air strike, this terrorist are funded by other muslim country. It could link to malaysia for them to expand their island

  • justbethankfull

    These muslims haven’t done anything good for the country. They destroy, steal, kill and complain as if the country owe them something. Why not just give them some islands and let them have their own country since they don’t want to be Filipinos anyway?   

  • Malik62

    There is a tactical alliance between the Abu Sayaf and the MILF and with the CPP-NPA.  This month of January they will sow terror all over the country in order to justify the declaration of a revolutionary government.  All of these have blessings from BS Aquino.   He even gave them money and hesitated in implementing his so called “All out justice”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TIVN4C2Q5DOBDD7HJMNU7RZBD4 Eagle from Davao

    provide security detachment for each bridge.

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