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Bomb explodes in Pikit town market place

ICC Kidapawan City (12 November) -- Residents near the town market of Pikit in Cotabato province were awaken by a loud explosion early morning at around 4:15.

Police operatives led by PSupt. Elias Dandan, Chief of the Pikit Police Office immediately went to the scene and discovered that an improvised explosive device known as "Molotov bomb" was thrown in front of a business establishment inside the town market. However, nobody was reported hurt during the incident.

Police authorities suspect that it is a case of extortion scaring businessmen to submit to their demands for protection money. Dandan said prior to the incident, some businesses were already receiving calls from a group demanding for protection money.

Police authorities are now gathering information that will lead to the identity of the group behind these activities.

In other development, Army Col Julieto Ando, spokesman of the 6th Infantry "Kampilan" Division denied today allegations that the military has started pulling out from their respective areas of deployment.

Inquired about the veracity of the report, Ando said "We have not received any order regarding the pullout."

If there is one, it is such that military commanders in the field were ordered to assist in the transport and security of IDPs in areas that have already normalized as they begin returnikng to their respective places of origin.

The news he said, is just part of enemy propaganda whose purpose is to discourage their troops still pursuing LMGs in suspected hideouts. (CLC/PIA) [top]

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