Bombing suspect injured in premature explosion in S Philippines

10:48, July 15, 2010      

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A suspected bomber was arrested after he was injured during a bomb explosion near a school in a volatile southern Philippine province late Wednesday night, police said Thursday morning.

Policemen and soldiers are now guarding 24-year-old Sabtula Unte at the military hospital in Maguindanao province following an explosion of an improvised bomb at an elementary school in Datu Hofer town at around 6:50 p.m., Senior Superintendent Willie Dangane, an official of the anti-terror Joint Task Force told Xinhua in a text message early Thursday.

Dangane said the 24-year farmer was arrested after witnesses tagged him as behind the explosion in Labu-labu Elementary School.

"The suspect was apprehended while undergoing treatment for wounds at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center at around 10 p.m.. He was then transferred under security to a military hospital in Datu Odin Sinsuat town," Dangane, who is also police chief for Cotabato City, said.

Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the military's Eastern Mindanao Command told Xinhua the bomb exploded prematurely as the suspect was preparing to detonate it, injuring him.

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