TERROR WAR MATERIALS. The bomb-making components found by government forces in a makeshift bomb-making factory of the terror group Dawlah Islamiya in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao, on Tuesday (March 8, 2022). The bombs included a dozen improvised explosive devices, among others. (Photo courtesy of 6ID)

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Government forces hunting down terrorists in Maguindanao have stumbled upon a makeshift bomb factory of the Dawlah Islamiya (DI) terror group in the province, the military here reported Thursday.

Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander, said the explosives and war materials were discovered late Tuesday by the Army-led Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) forces in Barangay Pagatin of Shariff Saydona Mustapha town.

Uy, also the JFTC commander, said the bomb factory containing assorted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other bomb components are believed to be fabricated by the DI-Toraife Group under Ustadz Esmael Abdulmalik.

Found in a well-camouflaged shanty were 12 assorted container type IEDs; blasting caps; several grams of ammonium nitrate;  black powder; sulfur powder; a 9-volt battery; an anti-personnel claymore mine; ammunition for rocket-propelled grenade launchers; 40mm high explosive anti-tank rounds; laboratory test tube glasses; electric wires; improvised switches; cartridge shell of 57RR; and a remote control of unknown type.

Uy said JTFC forces will continue hunting terrorist groups in the province to stop them from attacking civilian communities, as well as military troops and installations.

“I also urge everyone to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious person or thing in your locality. With your unrelenting support, it is assured that we will soon attain genuine peace and development in Mindanao,” he said. (PNA)