2 killed in North Cotabato blast PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 August 2011 14:09

All police and Army units in Central Mindanao have been placed on heightened alert following a premature explosion in North Cotabato that left two persons killed, a military official said yesterday.

Colonel Prudencio Asto, spokesperson for the 6th Infantry Division, said the explosion occurred at about 1 a.m. on Friday in the village near the boundary of Kidapawan City and Matalam, North Cotabato.

Supt. Chino Mamburam, Kidapawan City police director, said it was a case of premature explosion of an improvised explosive device intended for other areas.
“The one carrying the explosive was blasted to death while his companion sustained serious injuries and later died in hospital an hour later,” Mamburam said.

The slain alleged bomb carrier was identified as Manampan Manalin,of Pagalungan, Maguindanao, and his companion, Kalim Indigay, of Barangay Patadon, Kidapawan City.
Mamburam said before Indigay died in hospital, he told police investigators he was a regular member of the Moro National Liberation Front under a certain Commander Kautin.

Police investigators quoted Indigay as saying that the two were to transport the explosive to Kidapawan City.
They were on a roadside standing when a vehicle passed by forcing them to hide behind a tree. It was then that the explosive went off.
The victims’ remains in the custody of the North Cotabato provincial hospital.

Army checkpoints have been set up along the North Cotabato highways to prevent bombings in the region.
Police and military authorities have warned of more bombings hatched by suspected Jemaah Islamiya member Basit Usman.