Police and military authorities are investigating the discovery of a suspected improvised bomb following the shooting of two men, one of them killed, by riding-in-tandem suspects in Barangay Kenram, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Tuesday evening.
Lt. Col. Modesto Carrera, newly designated police chief of Isulan, said two men were earlier seen sitting on a parked motorbike beside the highway in Purok Don Juan, Barangay Kenram at 10 p.m. when two men onboard a separate motorbike arrived and fired at them.
Responding policemen found one of the two victims lying dead by the roadside while the other one was injured and brought to a local hospital.
Carrera said police also found an improvised explosive device (IED) near the crime scene, which members of the military’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit safely deactivated.
“We are still determining if the IED was carried by the two shooting victims,” Carrera said in a radio interview here Wednesday. He declined to identify the victims pending an ongoing investigation.
“We would like to know if there is a connection between the shooting victims and the IED found nearby,” he added.
The incident came in the heels of the Sept. 7 explosion in the town that injured eight persons. The incident was believed to be the handiwork of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
Before the bombing, Mayor Marites Pallasigue received a phone call from the group demanding from the local government PHP250,000 monthly protection money. (PNA)