ZAMBOANGA – The police and military authorities have foiled roadside bombing attempts in the provinces of Basilan and Surigao del Sur, official said.
Both attempts were foiled with the discovery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) through information provided by concerned residents.
The IED in Basilan was discovered around 3:30 p.m. Saturday along the circumferential road of the province in the village of Parangbasak, Lamitan City.
Senior Inspector Gean Gallardo, Lamitan City police chief, said his personnel in coordination with the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion troops immediately cordoned the area to prevent casualty especially civilian motorists.
Gallardo said the Army’s 39th Explosive Ordnance Demolition Team rendered safe procedures and disrupted the improvised bomb around 4:45 p.m. of the same day.
Gallardo said the component of the IED was placed in paint container with handheld radio attached as the triggering device.
Gallardo said they are conducting thorough investigation to unmask the perpetrators of the bombing attempt.
The IED in Surigao del Sur was discovered Friday along the San Isidro-Mahaba Road in the municipality of Marihatag.
Major Ezra Balagtey, Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) public affairs officer, disclosed that the EOD and K-9 teams from the Army’s 4th Infantry Division were not able to immediately render safe procedure due to the presence of New People’s Army (NPA) snipers.
Balagtey said the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion troops and policemen were forced to close the highway to prevent untoward incidents.
He said the highway remained impassable for several hours until 9 p.m. Friday since the EOD and K-9 Teams only managed to render safety recovery procedure until night time.
Balagtey said the EOD and K-9 Teams have recovered in the area a five-kilogram improvised bomb fashioned out as a landmine with complete accessories such as electric wire and blasting cap.
Nevertheless, Balagtey said the attempt of the NPA rebels to set-off a landmine was foiled.