5 explosives intercepted along Cotabato highway

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) – Elements of the Army’s 602nd Infantry Brigade intercepted a package loaded with five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) placed along the highway in Carmen, North Cotabato noon Tuesday, reports from the Cotabato Police Provincial Office (CPPO) said.

Bomb experts found out that each explosive was made from an 81mm projectile or mortar, with power supply, a trigger, and a detonator.

According to the CPPO, two still unidentified males onboard a motorcycle left the bag along the national highway, in particular at Sitio Galay, Barangay Kibayao in Carmen.

Before this happened, the CPPO said they received an intelligence report that a group is out to sow terror in North Cotabato and nearby provinces by placing IEDs in their areas.

When elements of the 7th Infantry Battalion and 62nd Reconnaissance Company of the 602IB, including the police, received an information that a package was left along the Carmen highway, they immediately proceeded to the area.

The Carmen municipal police station, with their K9 units, immediately cordoned the area while elements of the Explosives and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team rendered safety procedure on the IEDs.

The CPPO said that the bombs were so powerful that they could really inflict damages both to life and property.

Police has yet to determine the group and the motive behind it. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)