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PNP: Found IEDs could be part of planned Kidapawan jailbreak

COTABATO CITY—Police in Kidapawan City believed that the improvised bomb found and detonated inside the police headquarters here on Sunday was part of the plan to “rescue” high profile inmates at the Cotabato City jail.

Supt. Joseph Samillano, Kidapawan City police director, refused to identify the inmate who could be the subject of possible jailbreak.

The Kidapawan City Jail is located at the back of the Kidapawan City Hall and beside the city police office.

A powerful IED (improvised explosive device) of two 60mm mortars were found at the cyclone wire fence of the city police compound.

While there are other possible motives, Samillano said the “jailbreak theory” was the closest.

He said the city jail was a subject of daring “rescue” attempt by followers of inmate Commander Lastikman, a former Moro rebel who turned to kidnapping, bombing and highway robbery.

Samillano, who replaced Supt. Reynante Cabico on Friday, said investigation was still ongoing.

Following the incident, Samillano directed all police  to always be on heightened alert, fearing retaliation or another attempt by lawless groups.

He also urged the local government of Kidapawan to provide the city police office and the vicinity of the city hall compound with closed-circuit TV cameras to deter crimes.





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