Alert sentinel thwarts ‘suicide bomb attack’ in Sulu camp

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr. and Ely Dumaboc

September 9, 2019, 8:32 am

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- An alert sentinel thwarted what appeared to be a “suicide bomb attack” at a military camp in the province of Sulu, an official disclosed.

Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson, said the incident, which happened around 5:45 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu, resulted in the death of a likely female bomb carrier.

Encinas said the attack was thwarted when the duty sentinel, Cpl. Asmada Sabdani of the 35th Infantry Battalion’s alpha company, noticed “a female person wearing black hijab, known as abaya, who was walking along the road of the Kilometer 3 highway going to the camp.”

Encinas said Sabdani immediately took cover and warned the suspect to stop, while about to enter the camp’s gate.

However he said the suspect disregarded the warning and detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) that caused her death.

He said the suspect was unidentified as her body was shredded into pieces.

He described the suspect as a “woman and foreign looking with long hair based on the recovered mutilated head; however, the recovered dismembered hand is similar to that of a man”.

He added that the trigger mechanism was recovered and investigation is ongoing.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Westmincom chief, has called on every Suluanon to remain vigilant and to report suspicious items and personalities to authorities.

“We assure the public that the Westmincom forces shall sustain our security and peace efforts to prevent hostile acts that may disrupt the peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region,” Sobejana said. (PNA)