COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 August) – A soldier on security patrol and four other persons were hurt when a suspected improvised explosive device went off at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday along Makakua St., the road behind the city plaza’s stage.
Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin, city police director said, the bomb exploded as roving Special Forces Army personnel were conducting security patrol.
[caption id="attachment_58200" align="alignleft" width="640"] Police cordon off the blast site along Makakua Street in Cotabato City. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera[/caption]
Boy Razalan, incident commander of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRMMC) said the victims were rushed to the Cotabato City Regional and Medical Center hospital.
One of the male victims near the explosion collapsed due to the strong impact, he said. The victim’s name was not immediately made available.
The four others who sustained minor injuries are: Pvt. Dondon Asuncion Bambao, 23, of the 5th Special Forces, who hails from Pinmilapin, Sison, Pangasinan; fruit vendor Baingan Aliuden Ango, 45, of Campo Muslim and Mambai ulandigan Datumanong, 33, of Lugay-Lugay both in Cotabato City; and corn vendor Abdulrakman Martin Utto, 22, of Bulalo, Sutltan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
Pvt. Loret Mangsibang, a colleague of Bambao, said the bomb exploded as the driver of the Wrangler type jeepney had just left the area.
Balquin, admitted at they have been monitoring security threats in the city since last week but declined to give details or name the threat groups.(Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)