COTABATO CITY – Alert troopers of the Army’s 6th Infantry Battalion (6IB) discovered two explosives, a hand grenade, and a homemade bomb, in Maguindanao on Tuesday.
The two unexploded ordnances (UXOs) were found in Barangay Pandi, Datu Salibo, Maguindanao, where lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) members have been operating.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said 6IB troopers were conducting clearing operations near their camp in Barangay Pandi at past 5 p.m. when they noticed the explosives.
He said the explosives were probably thrown by the lawless elements toward the patrol base but did not explode.
“The UXOs might be used for manufacturing of anti-personnel mines if not recovered as it could inflict injuries to both civilian populace and our troops,” Uy said.
He added that the BIFF continues to sow terroristic acts due to their incapability to counter massive focused military operations in the area.
Uy urged the communities to continue their cooperation with the military by reporting suspicious individuals and items in their vicinity for the preservation of lives. (PNA)