Army’s 10ID beefs up security measures amidst bombings in NorthCot

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – The Army’s 10th Infantry Division has beefed up its security measures to prevent “spillover” of the spate of bombings in North Cotabato to its area of responsibility.

Lt. Colonel Norman Zuniega , the 10ID’s civil military operations chief, said Wednesday that the Armed Forces and the police are intensifying measures to prevent any untoward incidents.

Three persons were killed and 24 others were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in M’lang, North Cotabato  Sunday night.

A week earlier, a college student was killed and 16 others were hurt after an IED exploded in front of an elementary school in Kabacan.

These towns are not part of the 10ID’s area of responsibility. Only the towns of Arakan, Makilala and the city of Kidapawan in North Cotabato are under the AOR of the 10ID, the rest being under the 6th Infantry Division. Aside from the areas in North Cotabato, the 10ID also covers the provinces of Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley.

Col. Dickson Hermoso, 6ID spokesperson, blamed the spate of bombings to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Zuniega bared that the terror threat in most of its AOR is low, particularly in this city. “But it does not mean that we’re downplaying it.”

He added that the Task Force Davao is consistently implementing tight security measures in the city.