Philippines: IED blast rocks Maguindanao town

Maguindanao, Philippines — Suspected extremists set off a roadside improvised bomb along a narrow road here and exploded it while the car of a ranking Moro rebel leader was passing by Sunday morning.

The explosive was placed underneath a parked motorcycle and was ignited while the pick-up truck of Commander Datu Item Ampatuan, head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 106th base command, was passing by at 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

Nobody was hurt but the pick-up vehicle sustained damages, according to Col. Arnold Santiago, Maguindanao police provincial director.

The incident also caused panic among residents.

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