Basilan bomb blast injures 8 soldiers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:46

Eight soldiers providing security to the holding of voters’ registration in the province were injured in a bomb explosion in Sumisip town, a military official disclosed Wednesday.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said the bomb explosion took place around 8:27 p.m. Tuesday in barangay Central Sumisip, Sumisip municipality.

Cabangbang withheld the identities of the wounded soldiers except that they are from the Army’s 12th Scout Ranger Company.

He said the soldiers were among the troops aboard a four-vehicle convoy traveling from barangay Central Sumisip to barangay Manggal, both in Sumisip town, when one of the vehicles hit an improvised bomb fashioned out as a landmine.

Cabangbang said the soldiers were providing security to the registration of voters in this province, which is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Aside from Basilan, ARMM comprises the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Basilan police director Senior Supt. Alexander Linesis disclosed that some 2,400 policemen and soldiers were deployed to provide security to the holding of registration of voters in this province.

The registration of voters is being held in this city and in the municipalities of Mohammad Ajul, Akbar, Tuburan, Tipo-Tipo, Ungkaya Pukan, Al-Barka, Sumisip, Tabuan Lasa, Hadji Mutammad, Lantawan and Maluso.

No voters’ registration is being held in Isabela City since it is not part of the ARMM although it is the capital of Basilan province.