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Blast rocks Cotabato anew

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- The military said an explosion rocked anew Cotabato City Saturday morning, just few meters away from the regional headquarters of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).
A bomb expert from the 7th Marine Battalion Landing Team who refused to be identified said another improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered just few meters away from the blast site.
But while they were on the process of defusing the bomb, he said they found a firing pin attached to the explosive.
No was hurt in the blast.
The two bombs were made from an 81-milimeter mortar round, authorities said.
The explosion in Cotabato City came some 10 hours after two motorcycle-riding men lobbed an explosive in front of heavy equipment owned by a Chinese-owned construction firm doing road rehabilitation projects along Pigcawayan-Pikit highway in North Cotabato.
Pigcawayan police identified the injured persons as Dave Potenciano, 35, and James Barte, 19.
Extortion is likely the motive behind the blast, Pigcawayan town police chief Donald Cabigas.
Cabigas said the construction firm received an extortion letter two weeks ago demanding from them protection money worth P5 million.
The firm, however, refused to heed to their demands, Cabigas said.
By Malu Cadeliña Manar | Sunday, March 4, 2012 | SunStar.Com.Ph | Article Link


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