• Bomber shredded by own improvised explosive device

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: A suspected bomber was killed after an improvised bomb he was transporting exploded in Zambo-anga del Sur province, officials said Wednesday.

    Officials said policemen, who were inspecting the site, recovered an improvised bomb assembled from a 60mm mortar and rigged to a detonator and a cell phone, not far from the dead man’s decapitated body in the village of Tapodoc in Labangan town.

    The bomb was found at a rice paddy near the highway late Tuesday, according to Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman.

    “The identity of the man is still unknown and police are investigating this case,” he said.

    It was not immediately known whether the man, whose head and arms were blasted, was a member of a rebel or terrorist group. The man’s body was clad in black shirt and a pair of black and green tactical shooter pants.

    The southern Philippines have been hit by a spate of bomb attacks in recent months that had killed and wounded dozens of civilians.

    Just recently, police also killed a suspected gunrunner Nadzir Mongkas and captured his companion Rajib Giyaludin in an operation in the restive region. Giyaludin allegedly confessed to buying and selling guns and improvised explosives to various groups and individuals in the southern Philippines.

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