Suspected Philippine militant killed by own bomb
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A suspected Abu Sayyaf militant was killed by his own bomb when it exploded as he was transporting it by motorcycle in the southern Philippines, a military commander said on Wednesday.
The explosion killed Mr Reynald Sapilin and destroyed his motorcycle on Tuesday in a scarcely-populated rubber plantation village in Lamitan city on Basilan island, where the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf has been active for years, army Colonel Carlito Galvez said.
Mr Sapilin may have planned to detonate the bomb in Lamitan or in nearby Isabela city but had difficulty moving around because of several road checkpoints set up by the army. He was seen tinkering with the bomb, which was concealed in his backpack, when it apparently accidentally exploded, according to Galvez.
Government forces have been alerted to look for another possible bomber, Col Galvez said. Intelligence received by the military, he said, indicated the Abu Sayyaf had planned to detonate two bombs either as part of a terrorist plot or an extortion attempt on one of the business establishments in Lamitan or Isabela city, the provincial capital about 550 miles (880km) south of Manila.