MAGUINDANAO—An improvised explosive device (IED) was recovered in Barangay Kabingi, Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in this province at about 4 p.m. on Thursday.
According to Datu Saudi Ampatuan Chief of Police, Police Senior Inspector Abdulbasit Kulod said the bomb was found by a civilian, who immediately reported his discovery to authorities.
The IED was wrapped in packaging tape and had wires attached to it. It was found on the side of the Datu Saudi Ampatuan National Highway.
The army’s explosive ordnance disposal team proceeded to the area, scoured the scene then defused the explosive, which was made of a 60-millimeter mortar.
Earlier, the 6th Infantry Division said it continues to be on alert during Lent.
In Cotabato City, tight security was implemented at Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, where churchgoers flock to join the traditional washing of the feet.