KIDAPAWAN CITY – At least 6 policemen were injured in separate roadside bombings on Friday believed carried out by communist rebels in North Cotabato province in southern Philippines, officials said.
Officials said the first attack occurred in the morning along the highway in Kidapawan City that wounded 2 policemen. And six hours later, another bomb was detonated in not far away from the highway.
The twin attacks came just a day after the New People’s Army ordered an all-out offensives against the government – despite ongoing peace talks – after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the whole of Southern Philippines to address the breakout of violence in Marawi City in nearby Lanao del Sur province following a deadly raid by the jihadist Maute group.
The military did not issue any statement on the latest communist attacks which broke out a day after government forces killed 2 Abu Sayyaf militants in a firefight in Basilan province that also left 3 pro-government militias injured.
The clash erupted in the village of Guinante in Al-Barka town, according to security officials, who identified the slain militants as Nasirin Awwalin and Hasmin Lajid – who were followers of Abu Sayyaf leader Nurhassan Jamiri. (Rhoderick Beñez)
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