Army foils BIFF bombing attempt to destroy Maguindanao bridge PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 April 2015 14:47

A military unit in Maguinanao prevented another attempt by outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Thursday to blow up a bridge linking Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat province.

This after bomb experts from the 34th Infantry Battalion defused an improvised bomb left at Mita bridge in Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao at 11 a.m., according to Army Capt. Joann Petinglay.

Petinglay, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division, said a man reported to the 34th IB Charlie Company detachment about a suspicious box left atop the bridge.

The Army responded and cordoned off the area.

Army bomb experts safely defused the IED fashioned from a live hand grenade attached to a rocket propelled grenade, similar improvised bombs set off by BIFF guerillas in various areas in Maguindanao during the massive law enforcement operations last February.

Petinglay lauded the alertness of civilians who quickly reported to Army detachment because it stopped the motive of the attackers to inflict injuries on civilian commuters.

At the same time, she condemned the remnants of the BIFF who have been targeting bridges and other government infrastructures in Maguindanao.

She reiterated the call of 6th Infantry Division chief Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan for civilians to help police and military authorities prevent bombings.

“It’s the people who will suffer at the end of the day if the BIFF atrocities are not stopped,” she said.