Military convoy hit by roadside bomb in Maguindanao

Karlos Manlupig
One soldier is hurt in a roadside bombing in Maguindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A military convoy traversing the Cotabato-Isulan highway was hit by an improvised roadside bomb in the town of Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao, on Wednesday morning, August 8, a military officer said.

Col Prudencio Asto, spokesman of the military’s 6th Infantry Division, said the convoy had 5 M35 trucks, 3 KM 250 trucks and two civilian vehicles and was on its way to Datu Hoffer Municipal Hall from Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan.

The improvised bomb hit the convoy at around 6 a.m., hurting one soldier identified as Cpl Joseph Primavera.

On Sunday evening, August 5, rebels attacked Maguindanao towns, triggering renewed firefights between the Army and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Liberation Fighters, a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The MILF resumed its peace talks with the government last August 7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. –

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