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IED planted in Philippine city disrupted

TACURONG CITY – Security forces disrupted Monday a homemade bomb planted in downtown Tacurong City in the southern Filipino province of Sultan Kudarat, police said.

Police said the explosive was discovered by civilians who informed authorities about it. Policemen and soldiers cordoned off the area and disrupted the bomb, placed in a cardboard box. It said the bomb was made of black powder and blasting caps and filled with iron nails and attached to a cell phone.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the foiled bombing, but the province is a known stronghold of rebel groups fighting for a separate Islamic state in the restive region.

Just last year, two unidentified men on a motorcycle also exploded a fragmentation grenade at a police headquarters in Tacurong City. And prior to that, police also disarmed an improvised explosive planted in a bus travelling to Koronadal City in South Cotabato province from Tacurong City.

A passenger had alerted the driver after discovering the bomb – wrapped in a newspaper and plastic sheet – at the rear of the bus, owned by Yellow Bus Line. (Rose Muneza)

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