3 hurt in Magundanao blasts, gunfights

By Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Jun 09 2014 09:19 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2014 05:19 AM

MAGUINDANAO -- Three people, including a minor, were injured in separate bombing and strafing incidents in 2 Maguindanao towns, the military said Monday.

In a phone interview, Philippine Army 45th Infantry Battalion commander Col. Donald Hongitan said an explosion happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning, which hurt a civilian on a motorcycle.

Authorities proceeded to the area and discovered that the improvised explosive device (IED) was placed on the side of the road in Barangay Lower Salo in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town.

The explosion left a crater in the area.

Authorities have yet to identify the injured victim.

Meanwhile, a minor was hurt Saturday evening in a grenade explosion in Barangay Elian, which is in the boundary of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town and Datu Salibo town.

An Army official said the grenade was lobbed at a military detachment.

Army 6th Infantry Division spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said a rebel group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), is attacking and harassing military detachments.

Another encounter transpired between the military and the rebel group Sunday evening in Shariff Saydona Mustapha town.

The firefight lasted for an hour.

No one was reported hurt among government troops. However, BIFF spokesman Abumissry Mama said three of their members were hurt in the encounter.

Another civilian was hurt in a straffing accident in Barangay Damabalas in Datu Piang town around midnight Monday.

The victim was identified as Bai Saida Lakin, 35. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The target of the attack was a Community Security Base under the command of Commander Quiapo Dalandas and Commander Leki Angas.

Hermoso said attacks usually occur before the Ramadan.

"When you look at the past years, umaatake rin sila pag malapit na ang Ramadhan or kung may mga important na mga kaganapan tulad ng nagmi-meeting ang GPH at MILF panel. Plus meron pang activity sa Notre Dame University about peace headed by Cardinal Quevedo. Hindi natin alam what's the ideology of these people," Hermoso said.

The military remains on alert for possible attacks by the BIFF.