Troops of 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and 90th Infantry Battalion foiled improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao, respectively, last Saturday @(November 24, 2018).
At about 5:00 p.m., the troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion responded to an unattended baggage after a concerned citizen reported that he saw a cellphone with wires inside the bag.
The responding troops cordoned the area upon discovering the unattended baggage that has a description of suspected explosive device with numbers of missed calls logged on the cellphone.
The suspected IED was successfully detonated by the Army’s Explosive and Ordnance Division (EOD) after an hour. It was discovered that the bomb was not properly rigged to the cellphone attached since it did not explode when it rang.
At around 6:45 p.m., another explosive was intercepted in Brgy Daiwan, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
Troops of 90th IB responded on the reported presence of explosive and immediately cordoned the area following an intense search together with the Municipal Police of Datu Odin Sinsuat that controlled the traffic flow and ensured the safety of the civilians and the commuters passing in the area.
The Army’s EOD disrupted the explosive after it was checked thoroughly for safety procedures. Recovered in the scene were one 81mm mortar ammo and 1 water pump used as casing and shrapnel.
The Commander of 6th Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, lauded the continuous support of the civilians in helping the government authorities in thwarting the threat groups from sowing violence.
He also lauded the efforts of the government troops that immediately responded in the area and continuously maintain the peace and order in the communities.