From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 10, 2019): Cotabato City alert level up due to Isulan, Sulu bombings
DOUBLE CHECK. Police personnel check all vehicles entering and exiting Cotabato City following the recent deadly bomb attack in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, and premature bomb explosion near an Army detachment in Indanan, Sulu. (Photo courtesy of Brigada News FM Cotabato)
COTABATO CITY -- The 300-strong Cotabato City Police Office (CCPO) has doubled police visibility in strategic sections of the city following the deadly bombing incidents in Sulu and Sultan Kudarat provinces.
“We are not letting our guards down anytime now,” Maj. Rowell Zafra, CPPO spokesperson, told newsmen here Tuesday.
The CPPO is backed by the Army’s 5th Special Forces Battalion and barangay force multipliers in securing the city from any attempts by lawless groups to sow terror.
In a statement, Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) chief, and concurrent Task Force Central commander said they are keeping close watch on Cotabato City and the rest of Central Mindanao for possible attempts by the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to sow terror in the communities.
“We are not taking our chances as the BIFF might once again launch a terror attack,” he said referring to the recent bombing incident in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.
On Saturday, a homemade bomb exploded in a row of motorcycles parked at a “habal-habal” (motorcycle-for-rent) terminal along the Isulan–Tacurong highway around 7 a.m.
Eight people, including a traffic enforcer and a government militia force member, were hurt in the incident that the military had said was the handiwork of BIFF radicals.
Isulan falls under the 6ID’s area of responsibility that covers the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and parts of North Cotabato and Lanao del Sur.
On Sunday, an alleged female suicide bomber was killed during a premature explosion near an Army detachment in Indiana, Sulu, shortly before 6 p.m.