Troops foil roadside bombing in S Philippines

15:01, October 27, 2009      

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Philippine security forces have foiled a roadside bombing in Zamboanga del Norte on Monday following the recovery of improvised bombs planted by still unknown suspects, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.

Maj. David Hontiveros, spokesman of the military's Western Mindanao Command, said Army soldiers were on security patrol at the village of Bitugan in Sirawai town around 7:30 a.m. when they found the explosives.

"Westmincom succeeded in thwarting another attempt by terrorists to conduct further bombings," said Hontiveros, adding however that investigations are still ongoing to establish the identity of the people or group that planted the bomb.

A number of armed groups are known to operate in the province, including the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

"While patrolling the Bitugan-Tapanayan road, Army troops detected three IEDs (improvised explosive devices) planted along the road," added Honitiveros.

He said the soldiers then established a secure perimeter around the bombs and alerted Explosives and Ordnance Disposal personnel.

Hontiveros said the EOD personnel disarmed the bombs that was made up of six gallons of ammonium nitrate, which is also used by farmers as fertilizer.

Source: Xinhua
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