IEDs in Malagos intended to blast nearby AFP camp?

Recovered IED. Photo courtesy of Baguio District Police Station
Recovered IED. Photo courtesy of Baguio District Police Station

The Davao City Police Office said that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the highway of Purok 4, Barangay Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City at around 4:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday might have been intended to be detonated in the nearby military camp.

The DCPO has also confirmed that the IEDs were identical to the ones used by New People’s Army in bombing Barangay Tigatto in the morning of April 29, critically injuring a fish vendor.
“Sa atong theory, intended to siya sa mga government troops, maybe may mga scenarios na magkakaroon ng atrocities sa said area na posible nga respondehan na pulis or military,” (In our theory, they are going to create troubele in the area and use these IEDs to blast responding police and military troops), said DCPO spokesperson PSI. Ma. Teresita Gaspan during the AFP-PNP Conference held at Royal Mandaya Hotel yesterday.

The spokesperson said that this is quite possible considering that there is a military camp near the said area.

On Tuesday, two IEDs were initially to have been seen near Calinan Memorial Park at around 4:30 in the afternoon. Around 5:15 PM, responding police officers recovered the IEDs with antenna, receiver, a blasting cap and a black wire.

According to the authorities, one of the IEDs recovered was “low ordered” and was immediately defused. Currently, the IEDs are in the custody of the Task Force Davao for appropriate disposal.