Cops eye BIFF in series of bombings in Maguindanao town PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 December 2014 14:08

The series of bombings in Shariff Aguak, Maguidanao was a sabotage on intensified police security efforts by lawless elements, a police official said Friday.

The police and Army are eyeing the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), an outlawed group, for the series of violence in Maguindanao.

”Shariff Aguak has been quiet the past few days because of intensified police visibility but the lawless elements are trying to discredit the efforts,” Senior Inspector Jonathan de Gracia, Shariff Aguak police chief, said.

De Gracia said three bombing incidents occurred this week in the town. “Good enough nobody was hurt in the grenade throwing incidents,” he said.

First, unidentified men hurled two hand grenades inside the residential compound of former Maguindanao board member Yasser Ampatuan in Barangay Poblacion. The grenades did not explode and were properly retrieved by bomb experts.

It was followed by a grenade throwing incident against Army bomb experts defusing a suspected improvised bomb in Barnagay Labo-Labo. Nobody was hurt but the blast damaged a police car.

The third grenade throwing incident happened Thursday night in a residential home in Baragay Poblacion. The grenade did not explode.

Following the incidents, De Gracia appealed to the residents to help the police in preventing bombing incidents by reporting suspicious persons with explosives.

He said public cooperation is vital in maintaining law and order in a particular community.

De Gracia admitted the “culture of silence” among the locals prevent the police from solving bombing incidents but he was hopeful the public will fully cooperate.