MANILA – Soldiers and police officers seized on Saturday homemade explosives supposed to be used to bomb a village in the town of Paglat in Maguindanao, the military said.
Authorities seized homemade bombs and triggering devices in the village of Damakling at around 5:00 a.m. Saturday following a tip from an informant, said Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Philippine Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion, in a statement.
The tip also led to the arrest of five suspected terrorists in the remote village of Pagalad. Four more homemade bombs were seized from them.
Two other suspects, Abu Jihad and Ustadz Yasser, escaped arrest by jumping into the waters of the Liguasan Marsh, the military said.
Later in the day, five members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered to authorities at the Makainis village, in General Salipada K. Pendatun town.
Those who surrendered also gave up four high-powered firearms, the military said.