CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — Another bomb exploded in a town of Upi in Maguindanao early Saturday but nobody was hurt, authorities said.
Colonel Dickson Hermoso, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the blast occurred at about 7:10 a.m. in Sitio Payong-Payong, Barangay Kebleg.
It was the third explosion in Maguindanao since Wednesday.
Upi Mayor Ramon Piang said the blast panicked the villagers.
Piang said the improvised explosive device was detonated by still unidentified men at an open field.
Troops from the 1st Marine Battalion Landing Team were deployed around the town center.
No one has claimed responsibility but an Army intelligence operative said the blast in Kebleg could be a test mission for new recruits of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)
On Wednesday afternoon, nine members of an Army mechanized unit were injured when members of the BIFF set off a roadside bomb along a farm-to-market road in Barangay Nabundas in Shariff Aguak town.
It was followed by another blast on a bridge in Barangay Lintokan, Datu Piang, which authorities blamed on the BIFF.
At dawn on the same day, an IED went off in front of a pawnshop in Midsayap, North Cotabato. Nobody was hurt.
It was followed by a rifle grenade attack in Poblacion Kabacan, North Cotabato around 7:00 p.m. Saturday that left four persons wounded.
Soldiers and policemen were visible along major highways here as government forces were placed on heightened alert.