Bombing at Philippine street festival leaves 1 dead, wounds 34 – officials

admin   •   August 29, 2018   •   2816

A homemade bomb hidden under a motorcycle killed at least one person and wounded more than 30 at a local street festival in the southern Philippines on Tuesday (August 28), police and the army said, the latest unrest in a region prone to militancy.

The explosion took place in front of a restaurant on a highway in Isulan in Sultan Kudarat province, which has been plagued by decades of Maoist and Islamist rebellions that have given rise to banditry and extremism.

According to initial reports, one person was killed, one critically injured and 34 others wounded, said provincial police chief. Radio station DZRH reported multiple fatalities.

Islamic State claimed responsibility, which the military disputes, suspecting that a local group was behind it, with the intended target civilians in an urban area.

Sultan Kudarat province is on the Philippines’ second-largest island, Mindanao, which remains under martial law until the end of the year. — Reuters

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7 more communist rebels yield in Sultan Kudarat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Seven more members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) surrendered to the Joint Task Force Central in Sultan Kudarat on Sunday (October 17).

Commander of Western Mindanao Command Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. said the CTG personalities were identified as Oyet, Maymay, Ben, Noel, Nacan, Osing, and Adog.

They belonged to the Platoon Myphone, East Daguma Front, Sub-regional Command-Daguma, Far South Mindanao Region. The said individuals also handed over their firearms, including two cal. 30 M1 Garand rifles, one cal. 30 M2 Carbine rifle, one 12-gauge Shotgun, and one M79 grenade launcher.

“The military is always willing to welcome former rebels/violent extremists who wish to lay down their arms, go back to the mainstream society, and live a peaceful life with their family,” Rosario said.

During the debriefing, alias Oyet expressed his condemnation of the communist group which he described as a ‘godless’ group.

Dako ang pagmahay namo ngano ning apil mi sa teroristang NPA, mayo na lang naa ang 7IB nga wala ngaduha-duha sa pagdawat namo (We regret our decision of joining the NPA terrorists. It’s a good thing that the 7IB is here to accept us without second thoughts),” alias Oyet said.

It can be recalled that on October 13, eight members of the same group surrendered to the 7IB in the municipality of Bagumbayan. AAC

Suicide bombing rocks Indanan, Sulu

UNTV News   •   September 8, 2019

A bomb exploded anew in the municipality of Indanan, Sulu on Sunday (September 8) afternoon.

An unidentified suicide bomber attacked a military detachment in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu at 5:45pm.

Troops from the 351B Battalion immediately proceeded to the area for possible reinforcement. They were promptly followed by intelligence operatives for initial investigation.

The military’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said in a statement that the attacker was a long-haired foreign looking woman based on the recovered mutilated head. However, the recovered dismembered hand resembles that of a man.

The report further adds that the bomber was wearing an abaya attire, a full-length outer garment traditionally worn by some Muslim women.

Apart from the suspect, no other casualties were reported.

The WestMinCom assured that government forces will continue peace and security efforts to prevent hostile acts that may “disrupt the peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region.”

The bombing comes on the heels of yesterday’s blast in Sultan Kudarat where an improvised explosive device went off at a public market in Isulan, injuring seven people.

7 injured in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat blast

UNTV News   •   September 7, 2019

A CCTV footage captured the moment of explosion at a public market in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that injured at least seven people.

At least seven people were wounded in the latest blast to hit Sultan Kudarat.

A spot report from the Western Mindanao Command says a loud explosion ripped through a public market in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday (September 7) at 7AM.

The blast is believed to have come from an improvised explosive device that was placed beside a parked motorcycle.

Injured victims were immediately transported to Holy Nazarene Hospital and Sultan Kudarat Provinicial Hospital.

The WestMinCom report identified the victims as:

  1. Jomar Catalan Aquino, 30
  2. Jay Carnaso, 30
  3. Gerald Cartagena, 28
  4. Niño Minus Virgo, 28
  5. Jarren Binaluon Amigo, 24
  6. Gulano Nasim Salip, 24
  7. Cagadas Terrencio, 35

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