A police officer and two civilians were injured when a bomb explosion hit two vehicles near the Maguindanao provincial police headquarters in Shariff Aguak town early Wednesday, a police official said.

Insp. Marxdeo Aperocho, of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF), and civilians Said Akmad Minas and Sheiyd Balabadan were taken to the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital due to injuries on the different parts of the body, provincial police director Senior Supt. Marcelo Pintac said.

The incident occurred around 6 a.m. while a SAF troop carrier and passenger jeep were traveling along the road, just 100 meters from the provincial police headquarters in Brgy. Limpongo, Pintac said in a phone interview.

Aperocho, who was on the SAF truck, and the civilians, who were on the jeep, suffered wounds caused by shrapnels and glass shards.

Initial investigation by members of the Army’s 65th Explosives and Ordnance Disposal Team indicated that the bomb was made of a 105-millimeter ammunition, detonated using a 4-meter wire found at the scene, Pintac said.

The official believes the bombing was carried out by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), who have been attacking military and police detachments since early this month.

“Mayroon na kasi silang (BIFF) threat sa amin na pag mag-file kami ng kaso (for the attacks), isusunod naman ‘yung mga station namin,” Pintac said, adding that he learned of the threat on August 13.

Pintac directed policemen in all stations in Maguindanao to be more vigilant after the latest attack. (John Roson)

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