One marine killed, four injured in Maguindanao explosion

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 19) — One marine was killed and four others were injured in an explosion in Maguindanao province Friday night, according to a military statement.

Members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-5 were on a military truck when an anti-personnel mine exploded, the military said, adding that identities of the victims have yet be disclosed pending notification to their next of kin.

The military said it believes the blast was a terrorist attack.

"This horrendous act perpetrated by the terrorists is simply unacceptable," Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, said in a statement.

"We will exhaust every available resource to bring the perpetrators to justice," he added.

Philippine National Police Chief Police General Camilo Cascolan has ordered Regional Director Police Brigadier General Samuel Rodriguez to mobilize units to join the pursuit operations of the alleged suspects.

According to field reports, the Philippine Marines personnel were coming from a military operation against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters troops in Barangay Salman when the incident took place.