2 IEDs explode near Army training camp in Maguindanao

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 19 Jan) – Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) exploded separately early morning in this town Friday, the military said.

An Army EOD team gathers pieces of evidence after a twin explosion that took place early Friday morning (19 January 2018) in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat. The explosion is only a few meters away from the 6th Infantry Division’s training school. Authorities are still investigating if the bomb attack was meant to hit soldiers. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH CABRERA

Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesperson of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the explosions took place in Barangay Semba not far from the 6ID’s training camp.

The first explosion occurred 6 a.m., followed by another one 36 minutes later.

Encinas said that fortunately, no motorists or school children were hit in the explosions even though the road was already busy at that time.

He said they were not sure yet if the explosions were intended for the soldiers because 10 minutes before the first blast, an Army truck passed by.

Encinas said they are still coordinating with the police as to the identity of the suspects and the motive. (Ferdinandh Cabrera / MindaNews)