Improvised bomb kills woman in Basilan

SUMISIP, Basilan — A 42-year-old woman was killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off early Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in a village in Sumisip town of Basilan province, report said.

Police Major Faisal Tandico, Sumisip police chief, identified the fatality as Junayra Saad, single, a resident of Upper Benembengan barangay, here.

Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, commander of Joint Task Force Basilan, said Saad was on her way to fetch water and accidentally tripped on the wire that triggered the explosion.

Gobway said the wire that she tripped over was attached to a triggering device, causing the IED to explode.

He identified the signature of the explosive to be that of Tawakkal Bayali, a sub leader of the Abu Sayyaf.

“This planting of APM (anti-personnel mine), its components and triggering device were identified as signatures of Tawakkal Bayali,” Gobway said.

Tandico said the body of the victim was already brought to her immediate family for traditional Muslim burial rites.

The police is investigating the motive and identify the persons behind the explosion. (PMT News Desk)

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