• Explosion reported in southern PH’s Lamitan City


    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police reported an explosion late Friday in Lamitan City in the restive Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines.

    Police said the explosion occurred at a multi-cab parked in front of the Evangelical Church, in Maligaya village.

    The area was immediately cordoned off and police said no casualties were reported from the blast. There were no further details available.

    But it may be recalled that Lamitan has been bombed many times in the past by the Abu Sayyaf, which is fighting for an Islamic caliphate in southern Philippines.

    Last month, an improvised explosive device (IED) went off at the city’s Dangkalan Elementary School, although there had been no casualties in the bombing.

    An IED was also detonated at the port area in January, damaging a water tank and windows of the terminal building.

    And in October, a powerful Abu Sayyaf bomb – made from ammonium nitrate and fuel oil and packed with iron nails, and rigged to a blasting cap and a cell phone – was also discovered along Rizal Ave. in downtown Lamitan.

    Prior to that, an improvised bomb planted outside the police headquarters in Lamitan City also exploded, although no one was injured or killed in the attack blamed on the Abu Sayyaf, which had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. AL JACINTO



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