Bomb explodes near Isabela City Mayor’s house

Police investigating the area near the residence of Isabela City Mayor Al Qaid Akbar.-Photo: Richard G. Falcatan/

LAMITAN City, Philippines —  An improvised  bomb exploded near the house of Isabela City Mayor Al-Qaid Akbar, just ten meters  away from the police checkpoint.

Th explosion happened at about  6:00 in the evening Thursday September 28 at Purok Rubber in Barangay Sumagdang in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province.

Supt. Jerome Afuyog, Isabela City police chief, said the post-blast investigators  established that the explosion was triggered by a cellular phone connected to it.

Afuyog said the explosive ordnance division  (EOD) personnel recovered from the blast site parts of a cellular phone, nine-volt dry cell battery, a  plastic bag and powder residue.

The explosion caused no damage nor casualty but police are investigating the motive behind the incident.-Richard G. Falcatan/