Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cellphone-triggered bombs go off in Maguindanao, 6 hurt

From InterAksyon (Nov 26): Cellphone-triggered bombs go off in Maguindanao, 6 hurt

(UPDATED 1:13pm) Two explosions caused by improvised bombs triggered by a cellphone rocked Maguindanao early Monday, leaving at least six people injured, authorities said. At around 8:32 a.m., an improvised explosive device went off at Sitio Lining, Barangay Salibu, Datu Saudi Ampatuan. The explosion occurred near the irrigation canal of the area, hitting members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) headed by a certain Mohaiden Animbang, said Col. Prudencio Asto, spokesman of the Army's 6th Infantry Division. The group was heading towards Barangay Iginagampong, Datu Unsay. Asto said at least one BIFM member was hurt in the explosion. Less than 30 minutes later at around 9 a.m., an explosion also rocked Barangay Iginagampong. Senior Superintendent Jaime Pido, Maguindanao provincial police chief, said six people were injured in the blast. It was unclear if the victims in the second blast were also BIFM members. Pido said both explosions were caused by an 81 mm mortar with a cellphone used as triggering device. He said investigators are eyeing the two incidents as related and police are now on alert in the province.

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