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Authorities seize bombs meant for Duterte visit to Cotabato

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - The administration thwarted an endeavor by Islamic aggressors to explode bombs while President Rodrigo Duterte was in the city on Saturday, sources said. 

The bombs, which individuals from the Dawla Islamiya Fi Cotabato were to independently explode close to the compound of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were comprised of a 81-mm mortar round and a 105 howitzer gun shell fixed with impacting components appended to cell phones. 

Duterte met with ARMM authorities drove by Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman at the ARMM compound in Cotabato City on Saturday evening. 

The two ad libbed touchy gadgets were found before day break Saturday at the forts of Mohammad Chenikandiyil, Jackson Usi, Zacaria Lopez and Ansan Mamasapano in local locations in Broce District in Datu Odin Sinsuat town and in Cotabato City. 

The suspects promptly admitted to their enrollment in the Dawla Islamiya aggressor coalition, which works in the mold of the Independent State of Iraq and Syria. They were quickly conveyed to Davao City for cross examination.

Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., commander of 6th ID, on Sunday said he is thankful to Guiani-Sayadi and Hataman for helping thwart the bombing plots. 

“We are thankful to all local officials and the ARMM regional executives who helped us prevent the planned bombings,” Galvez said.

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