Monday, December 3, 2012

Government troops deactivate booby trap in Maguindanao

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 3): Government troops deactivate booby trap in Maguindanao

Soldiers belonging to the 6th Infantry Division on Sunday deactivated a booby trap believed to have been planted by lawless elements in Maguindanao intended for government forces. Col. Prudencio Asto, speaking for the 6th ID, said the booby trap was fashioned from a live fragmentation grenade laid on a trail in the mountains of Talayan, Maguindanao. “It was probably intended for our troops who regularly patrol the area to drive away lawless elements belonging to the renegade Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFF),” Asto told reporters. No one among the elements of the 33rd Infantry Battalion hit the cable that was set to trigger the explosion.

 Government forces with the help of village officials continue to search for unexploded bombs the villages in Talayan left following fighting between BIFF and government soldiers in four Maguindanao towns. Since August, at least 15 road side bombs have been deactivated by government forces believed to be designed for soldiers. Portions of the Cotabato-Gen. Santos Highway remained passable during day time while commuters were discouraged to travel at night time, Asto said.

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