AMPATUAN, Maguin-danao – A powerful improvised explosive device (IED) meant for military and police on patrol went off Tuesday morning.
“Nobody was hurt in the roadside blast but it scared the villagers,” Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, director of the Maguindanao police, said of the bomb that exploded at around 8 a.m., a few minutes after a police and Army convoy passed by Barangay Kauran here.
Tello believed the IED was meant for military and police vehicles that regularly patrol portions of the Cotabato-Gen. Santos Highway since Martial Law was declared on May 23.
Police blamed the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) for the roadside bombing.
Police and the Army’s 6th Infantry Division are closely watching the activities of the BIFF following reports that about 60 jihadists, both foreign and local, were sighted in the remote communities of Maguindanao. EOF/PNA