SECURITY forces foiled a roadside bombing attempt of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and captured two of its members in Patikul, Sulu late Wednesday afternoon, a military official said.
Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said troops from the Philippine Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion, were securing the main supply route for fellow soldiers going to the military headquarters in Barangay Bonbon in Patikul when they discovered a triggering mechanism for improvised explosives device (IED) covered with dry leaves at the vicinity of Sitio Nangka in Barangay Karanague.
As the soldiers were scouring the area, they captured two suspected ASG members. The military did not identify the bandits.
Bomb experts later defused the IED.
Recovered were a 20-liter blue container filled with ammonium nitrate, a nylon loop switch, two pieces blasting caps, 10 pieces dry cell batteries, and 12 meters commercial wires.