Army tightens alert over bombing attacks

Army tightens alert over bombing attacks
Anthony A. Allada
MAKILALA, North Cotabato – Government troops have heightened their alert status following the bombing explosion past midnight Friday in front of the provincial office of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) along Barangay Amas in Kidapawan City.
Lt. Col. Jovencio Gonzales, battalion commander of the 57th Infantry Battalion, said that they have installed additional checkpoints in his area of jurisdiction that includes the towns of Makilala, Magpet, Antipas, President Roxas and Arakan Valley.
The bombing that killed the bomb carrier and his companion happened at a time when North Cotabato is busy preparing for the weeklong Kalivungan Festival 2011 on April 26 to September 1 as a celebration for its 97th Founding  Anniversary.
The two were identified as Manampan Dimalen, of Pagalungan, Maguindanao, and Kalim Indigay, a resident of sitio Pagagao, Barangay Patadon, Kidapawan City.
Before he died in the Cotabato Provincial Hospital, Indigay himself admitted to authorities that they were on a mission to set off the bomb at the provincial capitol.
The explosion was the second that hit Kidapawan City since June and the fourth explosion in Central Mindanao.
On June 27, a powerful improvised explosive device fashioned from a 60-mm mortar exploded in front of the provincial office of the Commission on Audit (COA). None was hurt during the explosion.

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