MILF sets off three bombs in Maguindanao town

June 7, 2009 9:13 am 

COTABATO CITY (June 6) –- The Army here blamed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for a series of bomb explosions that rocked the war torn town in Maguindanao early Saturday morning.

Lt. Colonel Jonathan Ponce, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, said three explosions occurred in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao at 5:30 and 7:30 a.m.

"The MILF did it, that is their signature armament, they are targeting mobile military convoy and civilians," Ponce said.

No one was reported hurt in the blasts.

This prompted the military to raise a warning to commuters and the subsequent deployment of road security forces to ensure the safety of civilians and military personnel transporting food supplies and armaments to ground troops in Maguindanao.

“Clearly, the bombs were intended for military convoy traversing portions of Datu Saudi Ampatuan and Datu Piang,” Ponce said.

The first improvised explosive device went off at a road side in Barangay Crossing Salvo some 50 meters from the Saudi Ampatuan police station and some 100 meters from the headquarters of the 64th Infantry Battalion.

Ponce said the bomb was left by a man who left in haste and boarded a passing passenger jeepney.

Minutes later, a loud explosion occurred.

At about 7:30, two 60 mm mortar with mobile phone as trigger mechanism exploded in Barangay Lower Salvo, some 100 meters from the police station and stone’s throw away from residential areas.

Ponce said the road network is a regular route for military convoys and military hardware.

The MILF denied any hand in the series of IED attacks.

Early this week, a powerful IED went off at the road side near an Army base where soldiers and their wives were washing clothes.

A woman and a soldier were killed while five other soldiers were wounded.

On Friday, the military reported that at least 13 rebels were killed in air and ground assaults in the village of Muti, Guindulungan, Maguindanao. (PNA) /V3/NYP/EOF/jmd

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