ZAMBOANGA CITY: A village chieftain whose house was bombed in Zamboanga City has blamed the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) for the weekend attack that wounded three people.
Tictabon village chieftain Mohammad Nur Attang told police that prior to the attack, an unidentified man who claimed to be a member of the ASG had tried to extort money from him.
When Attang refused, an improvised bomb exploded outside his house in Mampang village and wounded two minors, including his daughter, and a teenager.
“The barangay chairman said he received a call and a text message from an unidentified person asking for three hundred thousand pesos, but he refused,” police said in a progress report sent to journalists.
Police said witnesses also noticed unidentified men in motorcycles outside Attang’s house before the explosion. It said investigators recovered fragments of the explosive and iron nails from the site. It said traces of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil and a time fuse were also found in the area. Attang’s house in Tictabon village was also attacked.
The chemical mixture is a potent explosive mostly used in coal mining and quarrying.
Police are also searching for a man who was accused of exploding a small improvised bomb used in illegal fishing in a coastal village of Taluksangay here. It identified the man as Aktive Jainuddin, who was reportedly drank when he tossed the explosive in a vacant lot at Purok 4 in Sitio Tawi-Tawi in Taluksangay village.
There was no report of damage to structures or injuries from the explosion. Jainuddin fled before the policemen came.