August 23, 2012 News: Three men were injured in a bomb explosion early Wednesday in Zone 8, Lusville, Zambowood village in Zamboanga City yesterday, August 22 at around 12:35 a.m.
The Luwaran reporter identified the victims as Eddie Climaco, 46; Lowi Climaco, 18; and Diego Calago, 23. They are now confined at a local hospital for treatment of their wounds suffered in the blast.
The report said that the victims were asleep at the house of one Asadi Luna, a fisherman, when an unidentified man lobbed an improvised explosive device (IED) underneath Luna’s wooden house.
Responding policemen recovered parts of the IED.
In another development, vigilant residents of Aleosan in North Cotabato have reported to the military that members of the so-called BIFM/BIFF were in the area and were planning to stage an attack against soft targets in order to disrupt the flow of traffic from Cotabato City to Davao City. The military responded in time to frustrate the impending attack.
The recent aggression by the group had caught the ire of civilians and condemnation from various groups including the government and MILF peace panels.
The report further disclosed that Ameril Omra Kato, the founder of the BIFM/BIFF, is no longer in control of the group due to serious illness caused by stroke. His lieutenants, Mohammad Ali Tambako and Hadji Kadialen, are running their group including the decision to initiate these attacks from August 5-11.
Kato carries a P10 million reward on his head, dead or alive.
Analyst told Luwaran that there seems to be a pattern of event, saying that it was on August 5, 2008 that the same group of Kato initiated the attacks in Aleosan, North Cotabato in protest of the failure of government to sign the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD).
The twin violence in North Cotabato and Lanao del Norte caused the displacement of about 700,000 people.