MAGUINDANAO – A soldier was wounded in an explosion near a military checkpoint in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Tuesday.
A member of the 2nd Mechanized Battalion was wounded in the blast, which took place while troops were conducting a clearing operation beside the National Highway.
2nd Mechanized Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Warlito Limet said that investigation by the Armed Forces Explosive Ordnance and Disposal Team (EOD) showed the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on command by unidentified suspects.
"Inaalam pa ng EOD ngayon kung ano ang eksaktong komposisyon ng IED, but according sa [initial report ng] EOD it was a command detonated [device]," Limet said.
[The EOD is investigating the composition of the IED, but according to their initial report, it was a command detonated device.]
Investigators are determining what was used to trigger the IED, and who was behind the attack.
"Di malaman kung cellphone o any triggering device [ang gamit sa pagpapasabog ng IED]," Limet said. "Mina-man namin itong checkpoint ng alas-sais so ang possibility, sa gabi nila ito nilagay."
[They do not know yet if a cellphone or another triggering device was used in the IED…We man the checkpoint at 6 a.m. so it is possible that the suspects planted the device at night.]
He added that soldiers were likely the target of the attack, as they received an intelligence report that "lawless elements" in the area are aiming to inflict casualties on personnel tasked to guard national security.