ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 October) – An improvised bomb placed inside a bag was left on top of a tomb at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Jolo, Sulu, at around 7 a.m. Saturday.
Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said the Marine K9 and explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) of the 2nd Marine Brigade were conducting an inspection when they discovered the explosive.
Arrojado said the main charge of the explosive is ammonium nitrate packed in a 10-liter plastic container with cellular phone detonator. It was disrupted minutes later.
He said the Marine K9 and EOD teams continued the inspection to ensure the safety of people visiting their departed loved ones.
Catholics comprise less than 5% of Sulu’s population. But there is an Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo.
Arrojado said they have strengthened the security at the cemetery in preparation for All Saints and All Souls days on November 1 and 2.
He said they strengthened the security measures in the town following threats from the Abu Sayyaf to conduct bombings in Jolo.
On Tuesday, suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf placed three improvised bombs along the road known to locals as Dan Puti in Sitio Halaw, Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu.
The improvised bombs exploded as two residents in the area — Mandi Ammang, 42, and Wahab Amisali, 43 — accidentally stepped on a trip-wire. No injuries were reported. (MindaNews)