Two children were killed while three others were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion on Al Barka town in Basilan on Sunday morning.
Lieutenant Colonel Raphael Franco Alano, the assistant deputy commander for Civil Military Operations of the Western Mindanao Command, said reports reaching the military revealed that the improvised bomb was planted by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) under Furuji Indama to sow fear on the people in the area especially those who were not sympathetic to the group.
Killed were Niyadz Pising, 2, and Ombek Akbar, 5. Wounded were Pahmiya Pising and Salmiya Akbar, both 4 years old, and Suraima Akbar, 25.
The victims were reported to be playing outdoors when they accidentally triggered the bomb, which was placed in a trail frequented by the locals.