Improvised explosive device carrier neutralized in Basilan

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A suspected Improvised Explosive Device/Anti-Personnel Mine (IED/APM) carrier was neutralized by military troops in Basilan on Wednesday evening, June 29, 2022.

Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, Commander of Joint Task Force Basilan identified the neutralized personality as Adil Akarab, a lawless element and armed terrorist group member (LLE/ATG).

Based on the report from the ground, troops from the Dagao Patrol Base who were conducting checkpoint operations reported that a riding in tandem carrying a suspected IED/APM did not stop for inspection and immediately fled towards the direction of Lamitan City.

While conducting a hot pursuit operation, troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion encountered the two suspected IED/APM carriers in Barangay Sabong, the same city which resulted in the death of Akarab and the recovery of a suspected IED/APM placed in a yellow sack and a disassembled M16 rifle placed in a white sack.

The other suspect who happened to be the driver of the motorcycle managed to escape in the direction of Barangay Baas, Lamitan City. Operating troops immediately cordoned the encounter site and coordinated with Lamitan PNP and the 39th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team for further investigation and proper disposition.

“I commend the troops of JTF Basilan for the neutralization of the IED carrier and for foiling the bomb plot of our adversaries. I urge everyone to always remain calm and vigilant, and immediately report to the authorities any suspicious activity in your vicinity,” Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said. — PA

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