Explosion in Cotabato kills 2 suspected bombers

Carmela Fonbuena
The explosion is not the first incident in the province this year

MANILA, Philippines – Two motorcycle riding men were killed in an explosion in Barangay Poblacion, Pikit town, North Cotabato, at 6pm on Tuesday, Janury 27. They were reportedly carrying the bombs themselves.

File photo of a blast scene in Mlang, North Cotabato on December 31, 2014. Photo courtesy of the North Cotabato Provincial Government

“Loud explosion was heard near Jovini Solo convenient store along Manuel L. Quezon Street, Barangay Poblacion Pikit, North Cotabato,” according to Captain Joan Petinglay, spokesperson of the military’s 6th Infantry Division. 

“Two unidentified personnel were dead on the spot who were riding one bajaj motorcycle. Allegedly said persons were carrying the said explosives,” she added.

The explosion is not the first incident in the province this year. On January 18, a bomb attack hit a transmission tower also in Pikit town. The following day, another explosion rocked the public market of Kabacan.

It also happened while the security situation is tense in nearby Maguindanao province, where 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were killed in a “misencounter” with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The SAF troops were hunting down top Jemaah Islamiyah bombmaker Zulkifli Abdhir, better known as “Marwan.” (READ: Dead or alive? Top terrorist was cops’ target) – Rappler.com