BIFM spokesman blames 'other forces' for deadly blast
The explosion that killed a member of Ameril Umra Kato's Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement and injured nine others in Maguindanao on Monday was the result of an attack "by other unidentified forces," said the group's spokesperson on Thursday.
Abu Misry Mama said that there was no truth to a claim by the military that a group of BIFM fighters, including their chief of staff Mohaiden Animbang, were carrying the explosives and that these had detonated prematurely.
Earlier, Col. Prudencio Asto said the military thought the BIFM guerrillas were in possession of explosives made from 81-millimeter mortar shells when the blast took place in Barangay Lower Salvo. However, Mama said the guerrillas were not carrying any explosive at that time, although they had firearms, as they were on their way to a conference. He said the convoy of BIFM forces came under attack.
Mama said, "But we would not yet disclose the identities of the group and individuals involved in the incident until we finish the investigation."
Mama said the BIFM would energetically pursue the attackers and would mete out the death penalty on them. He said they would follow Islamic law, which recognizes death penalty if the crime was committed intentionally.
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