2 killed in Basilan landmine explosion PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 December 2015 14:24

Two persons were killed after stepping into a landmine in Sumisip, Basilan Tuesday.

Killed were Boy Balal, a rubber plantation supervisor, and a a certain Undah, a militia volunteer.

Lt. Col. Joel Laso, Marine Battalion Landing Team-11 (MBLT-11) commander, said the incident took place around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at a rubber plantation in Barangay Mangal, Sumisip.

Authorities are conducting thorough investigation aimed to unmask the culprits who planted the landmine that killed Balal and Undah.

Balal is a supervisor of the Mangal Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Cooperative (Marbedco) that owns the rubber plantation.

Laso said the victims were conducting clearing works at the rubber plantation when Undah accidentally tripped on an improvised bomb fashioned out as a landmine.

He said Undah died instantly while Balal expired hours later.

He said that fragments of the explosive were taken from the blast site for analysis to establish the group behind the incident.