NORTH COTABATO, Philippines — Two suspected carriers of a homemade bomb were reportedly killed last night when the explosive device they were transporting accidentally exploded in Pikit town.
Reports from the North Cotabato police said a loud explosion took place around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday along the provincial road in Poblacion Pikit, said MindaNews website.
Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, public affairs chief of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the two men were riding a motorcycle and carrying a box that exploded along Quezon Street in Pikit’s poblacion.
“By all indications, the two men were to bring the improvised explosive device somewhere,” said Petinglay.
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Major Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of Army’s 6th division said the slain persons were both riding a black motorcycle when the Improvised Explosive Device they were carrying exploded.
Pikit is the gateway to the 220,000-hectare Liguasan Delta, a known haven of extortion gang members identified with the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
It is not clear where the bomb’s intended destination was but the explosion site is near a convenience store.
Last week, a bomb also exploded in the same area but no one was hurt. This was followed by another explosion at the base of a steel electric post, causing a provincial wide blackout.
Authorities earlier pointed to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as the perpetrators but the group denied they were behind the bombings
Source : Ferdinandh B. Cabrera (MindaNews) / Philstar