The Armed Forces of the
"This bombing shows that terrorists have no respect to (sic) human life and property. The goal is to sow fear, that's the objective of these terrorists.We must come together as a people to collectively fight and condemn this act," AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.
He added troops are already in the area to help the wounded and secure the blast site.
"We join the Philippine National Police not only in securing Cotabato but to find out who is responsible for this heinous crime," Zagala stressed.
Initial reports said the explosion occurred at
Four people were reportedly killed while another 21 are wounded.
"Our Marine Battalion Landing Team 1 has already deployed explosive ordnance disposal teams and K-9 units to support the PNP in its investigations. We have also deployed units to conduct area security and to cordon the periphery. We call on the people to stay calm and cooperate with government authorities for the prevention of similar incidents," Zagala concluded.