Government troops retrieved several improvised explosive devices (IEDs) after a clash with around 15 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on Tuesday morning in Barangay Calang Canas, Maluso town in Basilan province.
Photos taken by the Western Mindanao Command show taped tin cans with wires attached to the cans. A separate plastic bag full of nails was also seized.
Commander of Joint Task Force Basilan, Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, said the IEDs were intended to be planted in the Basilan Circumferential Road.
Soldiers from the 68th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Marines were conducting clearing operations in the area when they chanced upon the bandits, believed to be under ASG leader Furuji Indama.
No one was hurt in the encounter, although soldiers found bloodstains in the area believed to be from ASG casualties.