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Bombing attempt in Cotabato foiled
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines - Police on Wednesday night announced it was able to thwart a possible bombing attempt in the Mindanao region, but stressed it had nothing to do with the visit of President Benigno Aquino III in Cotabato City early in the day.

Director Felicisimo Khu of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Western Mindanao said police seized an improvised explosive device (IED) late Tuesday inside a hut at the vicinity of S.K. Pendatun, Maguindanao. The rigged IED was composed of two rocket-propelled grenades attached to a cellular phone.

Khu said police also recovered a live ammo for an M79 grenade launcher and other bomb-making components inside the hut.

"The premises was left unguarded hence, nobody was found/apprehended," Khu said.

"The recovered IED has no connection with the visit of President Aquino here in Cotabato City today," he added.

But Khu revealed that lawless elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Special Operations Group (MILF-SOG) under Jabide Abdul were behind the attempted bombing.

The police official said the same group was also behind the explosion at the Starlight Videoke bar at Tacurong City last Saturday, which injured five persons.

Khu said that under the "Bombing Operation Plan," targeted areas of attack were Isulan, Koronadal City and General Santos City.