ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 25, 2009) – Philippine authorities said it disarmed an improvise explosive planted at a busy port in the restive region of Mindanao where security forces are battling insurgents and terrorism.
Security forces disarmed the explosive discovered on Sunday near a ferry ticketing office in the port of Nasipit in Agusan del Norte province. The bomb was made from chemical fertilizers banned in the Philippines and packed with nails.
No group claimed responsibility for the foiled bombing, but military forces are battling Moro and communist insurgents fighting for separate homelands in Mindanao.
It was unknown whether the two groups were involved in the failed attack or if it was the handiwork of extortionists.
Previous bombings had been largely blamed to the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants and the larger rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front, although the New People’s Army was also implicated in several attacks on private corporations refusing to pay illegal taxes.
More than 100 people were killed in Abu Sayyaf bombing of a ferry in 2004 on Manila Bay. It was the worst maritime attack in the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)