A group of vigilant residents in Shariff Aguak shall receive incentives for preventing what could have been a bloody bomb attack in the municipality on April 6.
Two of the four men who were to carry out the plot were arrested immediately by civilian volunteers led by Shariff Aguak Vice Mayor Hadji Akmad Ampatuan, acting on a tip by watchful constituents.
Esmael Abdulkarim and his accomplice, Boy Kamid, are now in the custody of the Shariff Aguak municipal police, undergoing tactical questioning on their group affiliation and their real motive for the botched bombing.
According to Major Gen. Arnel Dela Vega of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, the bomb disposal experts had promptly deactivated the improvised explosive device the two men and their companions laid near a roadside security outpost of volunteer community watchmen helping authorities guard the municipality from Islamic State-Inspired militants.
A .45 caliber pistol and a fragmentation grenade were recovered from the two arrested bombers.
Ampatuan, a first-termer vice mayor, said he will provide the villagers who informed him about the plan to set off an IED in Shariff Aguak with earnest cash incentives as a reward.
“They are not asking for anything in exchange for the good work. What they did was something first ever in the history of this municipality. We have to reciprocate,” he said in Filipino.
Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, chairman of the inter-agency provincial peace and order council, said he is ready to give monetary incentives to them too.
“That was a noble act that deserves recognition from me too. I am a survivor of several attempts on my life using IED,” Mangudadatu said.
He said he wants the now detained Abdulkarim and Kamid prosecuted to the fullest extent of law.