Saturday, July 02, 2011

Bomb explodes outside Maguindanao mosque

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 2, 2011) – A homemade bomb exploded outside a mosque in the restive province of Maguindanao in the southern Philippines, army officials said on Saturday.

Colonel Noel dela Cruz, a spokesman for the 6th Infantry Division, said the blast occurred in the town of Shariff Aguak late Friday. “An improvised explosive device went off outside the mosque in Shariff Aguak town and we have sent troops there to investigate the bombing,” he told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

He did not say if there were casualties in the attack, but other reports claimed one person was killed in the blast.

“We have deployed additional foot soldiers in the town and authorities are still investigating the motive of the bombing,” Dela Cruz said.

Just this week, an improvised explosive device also went off outside the office of the Commission on Audit, but no one was killed or injured in the attack.

Mindanao region is a hotbed of communist and Muslim insurgencies and security forces are also battling members of the Indonesian terror group Jemaah Islamiya and the local Abu Sayyaf blamed for the spate of kidnappings and bombings in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)

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