1 dead, 3 hurt in roadside blasts in Maguindanao

MANILA, Philippines - A militiaman was killed Friday morning while three others were wounded following a series of explosions allegedly intended for former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan, a regional military spokesman said. In a text message to reporters, Col. Jonathan Ponce of the Army 6th Infantry Division, identified the fatality as Mamayo Ganon while those wounded as Renz Amit and Omar Silongan, both Civilian Volunteer Organization members, and farmer Samaon Andatuan.

The four were onboard a red Nissan pick up, owned by Kagawad Alijol Alvarez Ampatuan, which was part of the convoy of the governor.

Governor Ampatuan was unscathed in the incident, Ponce said.

Ponce said at about 8 in the morning, Ampatuan and his convoy, which includes military personnel, were cruising Shariff Aguak Road on their way to Barangay Bagong when three improvised explosive devices went off in succession within a 40-second interval.

"This roadside bombing is the handiwork of the special operations group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front," Ponce said.

He said an 81-mm mortar formed part of the explosives that went off.

Source: GMANews.TV


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