COTABATO CITY: A bomb has hit homes outside Marawi City amid ongoing military air strikes and artillery bombardments on the lair of the Islamic State (IS)-inspired local terrorists in the city, civil society groups said.
No one was hurt in the explosion on Sunday but residents were “shocked and traumatized” because the bombs landed outside the war zone, “only a few hundred meters away from AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) detachments and checkpoints,” Drieza Abato Lininding of the Bangsamoro Youth for Peace and Development said.
Among the houses hit belonged to Aisah Baicon Cayongcat of the United Nations-World Food Program and Ariel Amerol, a regional official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Bangsamoro Development Agency (Ranaw Region), he said.
The military refused to comment on the bombing and declined to identify the type of bomb that was recovered by the civilians from one of the damaged houses.
Residents recovered a piece of ordnance, a bomb propeller with six sharp fins, suspecting that the explosive was made either of 81-millimeter or 120-mm mortars. They were also not discounting the possibility that the bomb was from a jet fighter because the material was not common in Philippine arsenals.
Drieza uploaded photos of the recovered bomb and the damaged houses over the weekend.
The military has been battling members of Maute group in Marawi City for more than two months. They said the remnant terrorists were holed up in two villages within a square kilometer in the eastern part of the city.
But Sunday’s bombing happened at a non-affected area in the border of Marawi City and Marantao town about10 kilometers away from the war zone.