Second blast hits an internet cafe in Isulan; kills 1, injures 15
Marje Pelayo • September 3, 2018 • 3062
Courtesy of JB Utto
SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines – Barely a week after the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, the town was again horrified by another blast that ripped through an internet café on Sunday night (September 2).
The explosion left one teenager dead and injured 15 others; four of them in critical condition, according to Isulan Mayor Marites Pallasigue.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde on Sunday (September 2) expressed sympathy to the victims and their families and called the perpetrators “cowards.”
“We strongly condemn the attack on the people of Isulan. We are saddened by the casualties brought about by this cowardly act perpetrated by people hell bent on their nefarious goals without regard for lives of the civilians,” Albayalde said.
Due to the incident, the PNP maintains a full alert status in Mindanao while martial law is in effect. The PNP Chief said he already ordered the hardening of security measures in the region especially in checkpoints and intensified intelligence gathering.
“Makakaasa kayo na tutugisin namin at hindi po kami titigil hanggat hindi napapanagot ang may kagagawan nito. I have instructed our men on the ground to increase patrol, tighten security in the area, and intensify our cooperation with all other allied forces,” the PNP Chief assured.
Meanwhile, Malacañang also condemend the incident and assured that authorities have already launched an investigation as they “vow to bring the perpetrators of this brazen attack to justice.”
“We will apply the full force of the law,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement.
Prior to Sunday’s blast, an IED exploded along the national highway in Isulan on Tuesday night (August 28) coinciding with the town’s week long celebration of its 7th Hamungaya Festival. The incident killed three persons and injured at least 30 others. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
A bomb exploded anew in the municipality of Indanan, Sulu on Sunday (September 8) afternoon.
An unidentified suicide bomber attacked a military detachment in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu at 5:45pm.
Troops from the 351B Battalion immediately proceeded to the area for possible reinforcement. They were promptly followed by intelligence operatives for initial investigation.
The military’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said in a statement that the attacker was a long-haired foreign looking woman based on the recovered mutilated head. However, the recovered dismembered hand resembles that of a man.
The report further adds that the bomber was wearing an abaya attire, a full-length outer garment traditionally worn by some Muslim women.
Apart from the suspect, no other casualties were reported.
The WestMinCom assured that government forces will continue peace and security efforts to prevent hostile acts that may “disrupt the peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region.”
The bombing comes on the heels of yesterday’s blast in Sultan Kudarat where an improvised explosive device went off at a public market in Isulan, injuring seven people.
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