Officials baffled by slay try vs Maguindanao official

Army Lt. Col. Julieto Ando, spokesperson for the 6th Infantry Division, said they are still looking at different angles behind the failed attack against Maguindanao Provincial Board Member Datu Wata Adziz.  One of the angles, he said, is rido (clan war).

Adziz, according to Ando, survived the December 24 bomb attack along an isolated stretch of the Cotabato-General Santos highway, just hours after Army bomb experts defused a powerful explosive placed inside a tank of a motorcycle in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, which is traversed by the same road.

Adziz and his security escorts were on their way to Cotabato City from Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao on board a blue pick up when a bomb exploded just as they were passing through a portion of the highway in Talayan, a town in the second district of Maguindanao.

Ando said the bomb was made from two 60 mm mortars rigged with an improvised blasting mechanism. He said fragments of the two mortar shells almost ripped the board member’s vehicle but no one was injured.

Ando said they have yet to identify the suspects behind the attack. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)