Powerful improvised landmine found buried in S. Philippines

15:33, October 10, 2009      

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A powerful improvised landmine was discovered by a local female resident of Calugusan, Lamitan, Basilan Friday night, the military said on Saturday.

Western Mindanao Command chief Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino said the landmine, buried along the road leading to the beach of Lamitan Mayor Roderick Purigay, was composed of three 80mm mortar howitzers and one 61mm mortar shell with wirings and other gadget and ready to explode.

He said that a woman, who owned a beach, was cleaning the area shortly before 6 p.m., when she noticed a plastic box half buried along the road near their beach cottage.

The woman tried to pull the box but she was terrified when she saw it contained mortar shells with wirings. The incident was reported to the police and military who retrieved the explosive and placed in a safe place.

The bomb was buried and planted along the road where Mayor Purigay used to pass by going to his beach located more or less 500 meters away from seashore. Purigay and his family used to go to their beach during week ends and whenever they have visitors.

Police and military were suspecting the Abu Sayyaf Group as the one who planted the landmine but they did not confirm if it was Purigay who was the target of the attack.

Source: Xinhua
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