Troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and 90th Infantry Battalion foiled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao last Saturday (November 24, 2018).
At about 5pm on Saturday, the troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion responded after receiving a report from concerned citizen of the presence of an unattended baggage containing cellphone with wires in Sultan Kudarat.
The responding troops cordoned the area upon discovering that the unattended baggage contains a suspected explosive device with numbers of missed calls logged on the cellphone. During the inspection, it was discovered that the bomb was not properly rigged to the cellphone thence it did not explode when the gadget rang.
The suspected IED was successfully detonated by the Army’s Explosive and Ordnance Division (EOD) after an hour.
At around 6:45 pm of the same day, another explosive was intercepted in Barangay Daiwan, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
Troops of 90th Infantry Battalion responded on the reported presence of explosive and immediately cordoned the area following an intense search together with the Municipal Police of Datu Odin Sinsuat who controlled the traffic flow and ensured the safety of the civilians and the commuters passing in the area.
The Army’s EOD disrupted the explosive after it was checked thoroughly for safety procedures. Recovered in the scene were one 81mm mortar ammo and 1 water pump used as casing and shrapnel.
Joint Task Force Central Commander Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, lauded the continuous support of the civilians to the government authorities in thwarting the threat groups from sowing violence. He also lauded the efforts of the government troops who immediately responded in the respective areas.
“Let us remain vigilant and immediately report to the security forces of any suspicious person or abandoned things in the vicinity so as to prevent any untoward incident,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega.