KIDAPAWAN CITY – Policemen foiled a possible terror attack after killing a suspected bomber in a clash at a roadblock in North Cotabato’s Aleosan town in southern Philippines, officials said Saturday.
Officials said the suspect who was travelling on a motorcycle had opened fire on policemen manning the roadblock in Dualing village in an attempt to evade arrest late Friday. The man was later identified as Buds Basilan, a sub-leader of the militant group called Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
Policemen recovered an automatic pistol and an improvised explosive from Basilan’s bag and safely disarmed the device. The militant was said to have come from Midsayap village on his way to Aleosan.
Basilan, officials said, was also on its most wanted list and is facing a string of criminal charges in connection to the violent and deadly campaign of his group that police and military claimed is tied to the Islamic State.
Police said it has tightened security in North Cotabato following the clash and due to the Lenten season. (Rhoderick Beñez. Mindanao Examiner)
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