Authorities declares “lockdown” in Cotabato; blast claims lives of two, wounded 27 othersPosted on
DAVAO CITY (December 31)– Authorities have declared Cotabato City under “lockdown” when an improvised explosive device (IED) claimed the lives of two people and wounded 27 others in a Monday afternoon explosion in front of South Seas Mall in Cotabato City.
Initial reports indicated that the IED exploded at 2:15 p.m in front of South Seas Mall in Cotabato City. It was reportedly made from nails and gun powder. The device was triggered by a cellphone.
Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said that while security is provided in the area, they “missed a spot” due to the volume of people who were busy with last minute shopping for the New Year.
Authorities are still conducting a thorough investigation but hinted that the attach could be a form of retaliation when soldiers killed seven (7) members of the terrorist group Daulah Islamiyah in a military operation on December 27, 2018. –NewsLine