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Civilians, soldiers foil bombing attempt in Maguindanao

/ 01:25 AM November 07, 2018
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Ampatuan town (outlined in red) in Maguindanao (Image from Google Maps)

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — Civilians foiled a roadside bombing in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Tuesday by quickly alerting soldiers about the presence of a suspicious sack that contained an improvised bomb.

Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the 6th Infantry Division, said the explosive device was found by civilians at 1:30 p.m. along the national highway in Barangay Poblacion, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

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The IED, described by Army bomb experts as a pipe bomb with a mobile phone as triggering device, was deactivated by bomb experts from the 32nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and troopers from the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

In a statement, Sobejana said the IED could have injured commuters passing the highway or residents living nearby had it not been found and deactivated.

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The foiled plot came 12 days after two IEDs exploded on a highway in Ampatuan that missed a military convoy.

Maj. Arvin John Encinas, speaking for the 6th ID, said the two IEDs that exploded on Oct. 26 had the “trademark” of the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. /atm

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