MANILA, Philippines – A bomb explosion in Central Mindanao Friday night killed a still unidentified man, a military spokesman said.
Authorities said the explosion occurred around 9:50 p.m. at Poblacion Mother village in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao.
Authorities have yet to determine the type of bomb that exploded.
“We are still determining the type of bomb that was used, whether it was an IED (improvised explosive device) or a grenade,” said Army 6th Infantry Division spokesman Col. Prudencio Asto.
Asto added that investigators have been deployed to the area to “conduct mobile patrol” and provide security.
Authorities are also establishing the suspects’ identities.
Meanwhile, 2 improvised bombs exploded last Wednesday in 2 separate locations, authorities said.
The bombs were recovered in Kidapawan City and in Esperanza town in Sultan Kudarat.
Asto named Basit Usman, the head of the Special Operations Group of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front as the leader of the group that may be responsible for both incidents.
According to authorities, Usman has ties with local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf and with Southeast Asian regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah.