From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 27): 3 hurt in Tacurong City blast
Three people were injured in a bomb explosion late Wednesday evening at a
section of the commercial district in Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat province,
an official said Thursday.
Supt. Junny Buenacosa, Tacurong City police chief, said the improvised bomb
exploded at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday by the roadside infront of a Western
Union outlet and the Fit Mart department store at the city’s downtown area.
He said the scene of explosion was just a few meters away from the city’s
main rotunda and a waiting area for passengers of public utility vehicles.
“The explosive was planted by the roadside and there were some people
situated near the area when it went off,” he said.
Buenacosa identified the injured victims as Christian Jay Gabaon, 26; Jessa
Marcelino, 23; and, James Salen, 26.
He said Gabaon and Marcelino were brought to the Tamondong Hospital in
Tacurong while Salen, who was in critical condition, was rushed to the General
Santos City hospital.
Citing a technical report filed by the city’s explosives and ordnance
disposal (EOD) team, the official said the explosive was fashioned from a 60mm
mortar that was attached to a battery pack and a mobile phone.
He said the EOD team recovered fragmented pieces of 9-volt batteries, an
unspecified mobile phone and a 60mm mortar.
Buenacosa admitted that they had received numerous reports on threats of bomb
attacks in the city, specifically during the area’s celebration of the Inugyunay
He said they have tightened the area’s security and was able to avert any
attack during the Christmas festivity, which ran from Dec. 7 to 23, and in the
Christmas Eve celebrations.
“We’re still on full alert and we have reinforced our security measures in
the entire city,” he said.
Last month, an improvised bomb also exploded near a ticketing office along
the national highway in the area but no casualties were reported.
Local police operatives then arrested a suspect identified as Abdul Usman,
who allegedly admitted his involvement with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom
Movement (BIFM) under a certain Commander Gani.
The BIFM, a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), was
organized by MILF rouge leader Ameril Umra Kato.