Militiaman, plantation supervisor die in Basilan bomb explosion

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Dec. 23 (PNA) –- The authorities are conducting thorough investigation aimed to unmask the culprits behind the bomb explosion that killed two people, including a militiaman, in the nearby Sumisip town.

Lt. Col. Joel Laso, Marine Battalion Landing Team-11 (MBLT-11) commander, disclosed the incident took place around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at a rubber plantation in Barangay Mangal, Sumisip.

Laso identified the fatalities as Boy Balal, and a certain Undah, a member of the militia force.

Balal is a supervisor of the Mangal Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Cooperative (Marbedco) that owns the rubber plantation.

Laso said the victims were conducting clearing works at the rubber plantation when Undah accidentally tripped on an improvised bomb fashioned out as a landmine.

He said Undah died instantly while Balal expired hours later.

He said that fragments of the explosive were taken from the blast site for analysis in a bid to establish the group behind the incident. (PNA)

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