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Suspected IED carrier killed in Basilan

/ 11:35 PM June 30, 2022
A suspected bomb carrier was killed while his cohort escaped during an encounter with government troops in Lamitan City, Basilan on Wednesday evening, the military reported on Thursday.

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MANILA, Philippines — A suspected bomb carrier was killed while his cohort escaped during an encounter with government troops in Lamitan City, Basilan on Wednesday evening, the military reported on Thursday.

In a statement, the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) identified the killed personality as Adil Akarab, tagged as “a lawless element and armed terrorist group member.”

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The Wesmincom said Akarab, who was a suspected improvised explosive device/anti-personnel mine (IED/APM) carrier, was pillioning on a motorcycle.

He and the motorcycle driver did not stop for checkpoint inspection, prompting authorities to chase both of them, according to authorities.

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“Based on the report from the ground, troops from the Dagao Patrol Base who were conducting checkpoint operations reported that a riding in tandem carrying a suspected IED/APM did not stop for inspection and immediately fled towards the direction of Lamitan City,” the Wesmincom said.

“While conducting a hot pursuit operation, troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion encountered the two suspected IED/APM carriers in Barangay Sabong, the same city which resulted in the death of Akarab and the recovery of a suspected IED/APM placed in a yellow sack and a disassembled M16 rifle placed in a white sack,” authorities added.

The Wesmincom said the driver of the motorcycle managed to escape in the direction of Barangay Baas, Lamitan City.

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