Series of explosions happened in Cotabato City and in the town of Libungan in North Cotabato Sunday evening.
The first two explosions occurred around 5:58 p.m. near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato City.
Responding authorities recovered two more improvised explosive devices in the scene that were detonated around 6:21 pm.
Unconfirmed reports showed that the IED explosion caused injury to some people, mostly soldiers, who were readily rushed to the hospital.
In Libungan town, two explosions also happened around 6:15 in the evening.
The first explosion happened near the town hall while another happened at a store selling liquefied petroleum gas near a bridge.
A live report by DXMA Wow Radio on their Facebook page however showed that there were two explosions outside the LPG store with the second explosion being caught on the video.
VIDEO EXCERPT FROM DXMA WOW RADIO
A uniformed man confirmed on video that the second explosion came from an 81mm mortar that’s usually used as IED by armed militants in Central Mindanao.
Five persons were said to have been injured.
North Cotabato Acting Vice Governor Shirlyn Macasarte Villanueva meanwhile said that the twin explosion in Libungan happened in front of Remerata Store at Poblacion, Libungan Cotabato.
She also said that the five identified injured are as follows;
1. Rolando B. Amistoso (serious wounded, brought to CRMC, Cotabato City)
2. Ma. Vivian Bulahan (slightly wounded)
3. Ronald Eslit (slightly wounded)
4. Reynante Barbon (slightly wounded), and
5. Angelica Cabatingan (slightly wounded)
The victims were immediately brought to Pesante Hospital at Midsayap for treatment.
Villanueva said that few minutes after the first explosion, another suspected bomb exploded more or less 15 meters away from the area of the1st explosion but there was no casualty as the area was already condoned.
According to EOD team, the first and secondary explosions are made from 60mm mortars.
President Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to visit Cotabato City on Monday, December 23, for the distribution of Certificate of Land Ownership Award to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in BARMM Complex.