4 killed, 2 injured in Maguindanao blasts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:03

Four people were killed and two others injured as two separate explosions rocked the troubled central part of Mindanao Tuesday night.

GMA News quoting a military source said a Hyundai Starex van carrying commuters hit an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) along the road in the village of Salbu,  Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province around 10:30 p.m. killing four and injuring two others.

Killed were Alex Alap Ganoy, Ken-ken Makabangen and Kaloy Makabangen and his son, all passengers of the van.

Two others — Benzar and Agabai Makabangen were injured in explosion.

Policemen and army troops were dispatched to trackdown the perpetrators

Three hours earlier, a grenade exploded at the parking lot of a non government organization (NGO) around 7:30 p.m in Cotabato City, the seat of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and part of Maguindanao province.

The state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA)  quoted Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, Cotabato City police director, as saying that two men riding tandem on a motorcycle was captured by a surveillance camera of a nearby shop tossing a grenade toward the office of Central Mindanao Youth Center and Mindanao Tulong Bakwit that has been assisting evacuees in the region’ conflict wracked areas.

No casualty was reported in the grenade attack on the two offices located along Anacleto Badoy Street, Cotabato City. But an ambulance, parked within the compound, was slightly damaged.

“Nobody was in the two offices and the grenade landed at the parking lot,” Supiter said. “As to the motive, our investigators are still gathering statements from officials of two NGOs,” he said.

Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered the safety lever of an MK-2 fragmentation grenade at the blast site.

Supiter said both offices were being managed by Fairuds Ibus and Anshari Guiabal Ibrahim.

Supiter quoted police investigators as saying that two men were seen by residents parked near the two offices as if waiting for something.

One of them lobbed the grenade and sped away.

Mindanao Tulong Bakwit has been providing relief aid to Muslim families displaced by armed hostilities in Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.

Authorities suspect that Tuesday’s twin explosions could a diversionary tactic of the BIFF that has engaged in skirmishes with government troops in Maguindanao towns.