GOVERNMENT security forces have safely recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) fashioned out as landmine in Basilan province, the military reported.
The IED was recovered by the troops of the Alpha Company of the Army's 68th Infantry Battalion (IB) as suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) failed to detonate the landmine in Sumisip, Basilan.
"The enemy tried to detonate the said IED but it failed to explode," said Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, Joint Task Force Basilan commander.
Uy said the IED component, which has an estimated weight of around 4.5 kilos, was brought to the 68th IB camp for disposal.
"The incident reminds us that despite our efforts, enemies will still continue to lay out plans in order to inflict casualty among our troops," said Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief.
Galvez reminded the troops to be more careful and vigilant in their administrative and operational activities.
"Westmincom troops will continue to pursue our mission even if there are challenges that will put our lives in danger," he added. (SunStar Philippines)