Army foils bombing attempt in Maguindanao

By Edwin Fernandez

February 5, 2019, 9:14 pm

<p>Google map of Talayan, Maguindanao</p>

Google map of Talayan, Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Soldiers manning a checkpoint along a highway in Maguindanao prevented on Tuesday what could have been another bombing incident in the province or nearby areas, a military official said.

Major Arvin John Encinas, speaking for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said a suspected bomber on board a motorbike was traveling to Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao from Talayan town at 12:30 p.m. but abruptly stopped upon seeing soldiers checking on motorists.

“The man decided to turn around and ran away, leaving his motorbike behind,” Encinas said. Minutes later, the motorbike exploded and caught fire in Sitio Nes, Barangay Tambunan, Talayan, Maguindanao.

“The still unidentified bomber was struck by fear that his motorbike would be subjected to scrutiny by soldiers, so he abandoned it,” Encinas said.

No one was injured in the blast but the incident forced police and Army personnel to shut down portions of the highway for about one hour while clearing operations were being conducted.

Encinas said they believed that the bombing attempt could be in retaliation over the recent military offensive against the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the province.

Eight BIFF members were killed during military airstrikes on a terrorist lair in Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao on Saturday. (PNA)