ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police disarmed a powerful bomb left behind by two men who were captured following a chase in the province of Sultan Kudarat on Tuesday.
The men left a suitcase near a street pole in Isulan town containing a 105mm howitzer round rigged to a cell phone. Police said the suitcase was also filled with iron nails.
One of those arrested was said to be a native of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, in Maguindanao where security forces are battling Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and other jihadist groups.
It was not immediately known whether the suspects are members of the BIFF or other rebel group.
The foiled bombing coincided with a “unity march” by civilian employees and members of the police and military celebrating the start of the Fire Prevention Month and Women’s Month in the town.
Police said the two men tried to escape on a motorcycle, but were cornered by lawmen and eventually captured.
Security forces were also alerted by the presence of an abandoned bag in Tacurong City also in Sultan Kudarat on Tuesday, but it turned out to contain only clothing and an electric charger for a laptop computer.