PIKIT, North Cotabato, Philippines (MindaNews/27 January) – Crime does not pay.
Two suspected bomb-carriers were killed when the bomb they carried prematurely exploded while they were on board a motorcycle.
Reports from the North Cotabato police said a loud explosion took place around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday along the provincial road in Poblacion Pikit.
The suspected bombers were later identified as Jomar Palaguyan, 27 nd Asraap Mohamad, 28, both residents of Barangay Balatikan.
Major Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of Army’s 6th division said the slain persons were both riding a black motorcycle when the Improvised Explosive Device they were carrying exploded.
It is not clear where the bomb’s intended destination was but the explosion site is near a convenience store.
Last week, a bomb also exploded in the same area but no one was hurt. This was followed by another explosion at the base of a steel electric post, causing a province wide blackout.
Authorities earlier pointed to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as the perpetrators but the group denied they were behind the bombings (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)