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Motorcycle Rider in Maguindanao Passing By Killed by IED

Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explodes in Maguindanao that left motorcycle rider passing by killed while pillion rider is suffering from injuries.

According to the report of GMA News, a motorcycle rider passing by along the national road going to downtown South UPI, Maguindanao was killed and his back rider was injured after an IED explodes.

Motorcycle Rider Killed by IED
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The rider who was found dead was identified as Alberto delos Santos, a resident of Barangay Purika, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. While the pillion rider who is now suffering from injuries was Loreto Palma Jr., 54, also a resident of Barangay Purikay.

Palma was rushed to Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City for the treatment of shrapnel wounds. Based on the report, the two were on their way to Cotabato for a medical checkup when the incident happened.

A resident in Barangay Romangaob, Shane Jae Collado, said he was awakened by the explosion. “Akala ko anong pampagising lang. Bomba na pala,” he said.

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The South Upi Mayor Reynalbert Insular condemned the incident. He said the local police are now gathering for more information.

After the explosion incident, another IED exploded in the market area in South Upi before 11 a.m. Fortunately, the explosives and ordnance team have managed to defuse the bomb.

Insular stressed that the target of the bombers was the cell tower nearby. A few weeks ago, Insular luckily survived an ambush attempt and bomb attack on the side of the road in Pilar Village after he visited the nearby village of Itaw.

The village is already being targeted by alleged members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). One of the civilian passengers who got aboard Insular’s convoy was hit and killed.

This is Insular’s third attempt in life since he graduated in 2016. The land-grabbing conflict is among the issues that make the town of South Upi prone to bombings.

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