GOVERNMENT forces recovered 700 kilograms of components used for bomb-making during their operation the other day in Patikul, Sulu.
This was confirmed yesterday by Joint Task Force Sulu spokesman Lt.Colonel Gerald Monfort.
Monfort said the bomb making components were recovered at around 10 a.m. in an abandoned house at Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu.
Among those recovered were 700 kilograms of ammonium nitrate with one 81 mm mortar fuse.
The items were found by government forces thru the information provided by a resident to the 63rd Mechanized Company of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT).
Elements of Joint Task Force Sulu immediately went to the area and cordoned it to ensure the safety of the residents.
According to Sulu Provincial Police Office Director Police Colonel Pablo Labra the ammonium nitrate is a desired component for explosive exploited by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)because of its cratering charge effect when mixed with fuel substances.
“SOCO forensic examinations in the Jolo Cathedral and Brgy. Tanjung, Indanan bombings point out that ASG EIDs have signatures of ammonium nitrate,” Labra said.
For his part, BGen Leopoldo Imbang Jr. Commamder of IBCT said many times their troops have prevented the ASG’s scheme in deliberately prepositioning explosives in the outskirts of Metro Jolo ready to be picked up and delivered by other ASG members to their targets.
He said this particular recovery of bomb making components is huge.
Authorities are now conducting an investigation to determine the identity of the people behind the recovered explosive components and the 81mm mortar fuse.
Major General Corleto S Vinluan Jr, commander of JTF Sulu, said the continuous vigilance and cooperation of the Tausug Community has been invaluable in ensuring the safety of the general public.