DAVAO CITY, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A roadside bomb attack in Maguindanao targeted a military convoy on Wednesday morning, August 7.
The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), claimed responsibility for the incident.
The military said 7 soldiers were wounded, while the BIFF said 5 were killed and 2 were wounded.
Col Dickson Hermoso, spokesman of the military’s 6th Infantry Division, said the improvised explosive device was detonated along Crossing Nabundas, Shariff Saydona Mustapha town at around 9:35 in the morning.
Maj Jocelyn Mangadlaw, spokesperson of 1st Mechanized brigade, said the troops were moving from Rajah Buayan (where the soldiers were stationed) going to their headquarters in Shariff Aguak when the bomb went off at the side of the road.
A KM250 military truck was hit resulting to the injury of the soldiers. A V150 armored personnel carrier which was part of the convoy was not damaged in the attack.
BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry Mama, meanwhile, said they did not use a roadside bomb, but M-79 grenade launchers and volume gunfires.
The wounded soldiers were:
- SSG Vicente Bendoy
- Sgt Alex Pepugal
- Cpl Jeoill Ancheta
- PFC Julious Villanueva
- PFC Philip John Soriano
- PFC Efren Garite
- Pvt Aurelio Cantomayor.
Hermoso said the soldiers were immediately brought to the nearest hospital for proper medical attention.
Local authorities immediately secured the blast site and are now conducting post-blast investigation to identify the materials of the bomb.
The BIFF is also being linked to the July 26 bombing in Cagayan de Oro City. – Rappler.com
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