2 MILF bombing suspects nabbed

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces arrested two alleged members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) linked to a roadside bombing on June 21, and seized grenades and a submachine gun at an Army checkpoint in Midsayap town, Sultan Kudarat.

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Arrested were Adzal Dansulawand Lahmudin Ampuan, who were turned over to the police after investigation by the Army.

The suspects were traveling on a motorcycle when soldiers from the 62nd Division Reconnaissance Company manning the checkpoint arrested them on June 23 in the village of Salunayan.

They were being linked to a roadside bombing in Ulandang village on June 21 that wounded three Army soldiers also from the same unit and a civilian.

There was no immediate statement from the MILF on the arrest of its members. The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014, but despite the accord, many of its members had been linked to ransom kidnappings in the region, and some have joined radical groups that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

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