Farm owner critically wounded in Basilan bomb blast

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 February) – A rubber farm owner was critically wounded in a bomb explosion Tuesday in Sumisip, Basilan province, a police official said.

Senior Insp. Alchmad Alibonga, Sumisip police chief, identified the victim as Hamirun Mingkong, 47, a resident of Sitio Baag, Barangay Guiong.

Alibonga said Mingkong was about to tap rubber trees around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when he stepped on an improvised bomb fashioned out as a land mine.

Alibonga said Mingkong was critically wounded and rushed to the hospital.

He blamed the incident on members of the Abu Sayyaf under Musana Jamiri, adding the motive could be extortion.

The incident occurred four days after an improvised bomb explosion killed a woman and injured her niece in Barangay Limbocandis, Sumisip.

Killed in last Friday’s incident was Mannah Jallama, 25. Wounded was Sopia Abduhu, 16.

The victims were pasturing their cow around 8:30 a.m. Friday when Jallama stepped on a landmine.

Jallama died on the spot while Abduhu was hospitalized. (MindaNews)