Soldiers stand guard beside an Army vehicle hit in a bomb explosion at the boundary of Shariff Aguak and Datu Hoffer towns in Maguindanao on Sunday. John Unson

3 slain in Maguindanao roadside bombings
John Unson (The Philippine Star) - January 2, 2018 - 12:00am

TACURONG, Philippines — Three persons, including a police officer, were killed while 22 others were wounded in roadside bombings in Maguindanao on Sunday.

Senior Police Officer 4 Max Kaibat and several other personnel of the Shariff Aguak police were checking the reported sighting of members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) at the border of Datu Hoffer and Shariff Aguak towns when an improvised explosive device went off.

PO3 Jalison Abdullah and PO1s Archie Ansari Amelista, Ricardo Almonia, Alimodin Nuphay and Zainodin Abdullah were wounded.

Senior Superintendent Agustin Tello, Maguindanao  police director, said the wounded policemen are now in stable condition in a hospital.

Dominador Datahan and Alladin Laguiab were walking on their way to the Villa Garden karaoke bar in Barangay Buenaflor in this city when a bomb left in a tricycle exploded.

Senior Superintendent Raul Supiter, Sultan Kudarat police director, said the bar could be the target of the attack.

“The roof of the tricycle was blown out. Investigators are still trying to determine who brought the tricycle near the bar,” Supiter told The STAR yesterday.    

Datahan was declared dead on arrival at the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital. Laguiab died while being treated in the same hospital yesterday.

Sixteen other persons, among them motorists passing by the area, were wounded and taken to various hospitals.

Supiter said they received reports that the BIFF were involved in the bombing.

BIFF bandits also reportedly burned 12 houses of ethnic Teduray villagers in Sitio Macon, Barangay Limpongo also on Sunday.

Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, Joint Task Force Central spokesman, said the bandits escaped when they sensed that personnel of the 57th Infantry Battalion were closing in.

Police are securing the evacuation centers where around 200 Teduray families are staying after their houses were burned on Monday last week also by suspected BIFF men.

The bandits shot dead one of the ethnic group’s tribal leaders, Diego Dagadas, last Tuesday.

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