Troops seize IEDs as hunt vs. Dawlah Islamiya continues

By Edwin Fernandez

November 30, 2019, 5:40 pm

RECOVERED. Government troops have recovered Saturday (November 30) improvised bomb and bomb-making components as hunt against the Dawlah Islamiya terrorists continues in Maguindanao. (Photo courtesy of the Army's 6th Infantry Division)

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Government troops recovered on Saturday improvised bombs and bomb-making materials while tracking down fleeing Dawlah Islamiya members, who are the target of surgical military operations in Maguindanao.

The improvised bombs and bomb-making components were recovered in several areas in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao, by the elements of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Battalion and 601st Infantry Brigade troops, a military official said.

An improvised explosive device (IED) was recovered by soldiers along the road leading to the enemy lair while they were conducting clearing operations.

The IED is made of an 81-mm mortar shell as the main charge with a cellular phone attached as the triggering device.

1st Lt. Jose Peralta of 2nd Mechanized company said the placement of IEDs along the road leading to enemy encampment is aimed to damage military hardware and to delay the movement of the troops.

Earlier, the troops found five IEDs with signatures of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Dawlah Islamiyah in an encampment, where remains of three BIFF fighters, slain in air strikes, were found.

The troops, verifying information from civilians, found a bomb-making and gun factory of the terror group Friday in Barangay Tina, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

They recovered an unfinished home-made caliber 50 Barret Sniper rifle, assorted war materials such as front sight, barrel, trigger mechanisms, spring, magazine, bolt assembly and empty shells of 5.56 millimeter (mm) and 7.62-mm ammunition, and an air compressor used to manufacture of IEDs.

Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander, lauded the civilians, "who are obviously tired of terrorists’ atrocities in their communities," for cooperating with government forces in Maguindanao. (PNA)