PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan yesterday ordered a massive pursuit operation against the men who planted a powerful improvised explosive device along a provincial road in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao that killed a Marine trooper and wounded four others.
As of press time, police commandos backed up by light armor units have joined Marine and Army troops in tracking down the suspects who were behind the roadside bombing along the provincial road near the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Shariff Aguak municipality around 7:50 p.m. Friday.
Involved in the pursuit operations are members of the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office, the PNP Special Action Force’s 404th Special Action Company and the SAF Light Armor Unit who first responded to the scene of the blast.
As of press time, police post-blast investigators are still sifting for pieces of evidence at the blast site hoping to find clues that will lead them to the identities of the bombers thru the so-called ‘bomb signature.’
Gen. Cascolan ordered newly-installed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office director, Brigadier Gen. Samuel Rodriguez to mobilize all his maneuver units for a tactical operations against the suspects.
Reports showed that the Marine soldiers were on board a troop carrier when they struck the roadside bomb in Barangay Salman. The troopers were on their way to their headquarters after conducting an operation against rogue Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) members in the area when they hit the IED.
Responding PNP personnel immediately rushed the wounded to the nearby IPHO for treatment, said PNP spokesman, Colonel Ysmael S. Yu. The names of the lone casualty and the wounded Marines were withheld pending notification of their next of kin, Yu said.