By Edwin Fernandez
A former Moro rebel leader blamed for a wave of bombings and kidnappings in Central Mindanao has eluded arrest, but one of his aides was killed in a shootout with police and soldiers in North Cotabato, police said Wednesday.
Army experts deactivated Monday two roadside improvised explosives in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, as the government intensified its campaign against bombings in Mindanao.
Bombings that have shaken parts of Central Mindanao and discoveries of improvised explosive devices since last month have caught serious attention from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as it hurdles the final stretch of peace negotiations with the government.
At least 37 people were injured when a grenade exploded during a small circus in a remote village here on Saturday night.