Saturday, December 26, 2009

Bomb explodes in North Cotabato town

Government troops patrol the town of Magpet in North Cotabato province as residents go by their usual chores. A bomb explosion on Christmas day destroyed a cargo truck in North Cotabato's Carmen town, but there were no reports of casualties. (Mindanao Examiner / Geo Solmerano)

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / December 26, 2009) – A bomb explosion in the southern Philippines destroyed a cargo truck, but security officials said there were no reports of casualties.

The Christmas day attack occurred in the town of Carmen in North Cotabato province, a hotbed of Muslim and communist insurgencies.

It was unknown whether the bombing was carried out by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or the communist New People’s Army rebels and officials said authorities were investigating the motive of the attack.

Police said the improvised explosive, assembled from a 60mm mortar bomb, was planted under the truck parked in downtown area.

“No casualties were reported in the explosion,” said Inspector Winston Seniel, the town’s police chief.

He said the truck was owned by vegetable trader Eddie Untalan, who reported receiving extortion demand from the Al-Khobar gang, blamed for the spate of kidnappings and extortion activities in the southern Philippines.

Police said the gang was demanding one million pesos from Untalan in exchange for his safety. (Geo Solmerano)

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