2 construction workers hurt in Basilan roadside bombing

2 construction workers hurt in Basilan roadside bombing

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Policemen and soldiers are tracking down the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits tagged as responsible for the roadside bombing Thursday in Basilan province.

The Basilan Provincial Police Office (BPPO) reported that two workers of a construction firm undertaking a government road project were injured during the incident around 8:40 a.m. Thursday in Sitio Tando, Barangay Lower Benembengan in Sumisip, Basilan.

The BPPO identified the victims as Hadji Adzhar Akram and Alih Yagao Abbah, both workers of the RR JAM Construction company.

The victims were supervising a road construction project in Sitio Tando, Barangay Lower Benembengan when an improvised bomb exploded on the side of the road.

The victims, who suffered shrapnel wounds, were rushed to a hospital in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province.

The police said the perpetrators of the roadside bombing are members of the Basilan-based AS bandits led by Tawakkal Bayali.

The motive of the incident is believed to be extortion, the police said.

Policemen, in coordination with the military, have strengthened security to ensure the completion of the road project. (PNA)

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