COTABATO CITY — A local terrorist accidentally blew himself up while assembling an improvised bomb in Maguindanao del Sur last weekend, the police and military reported on Monday.

The Army’s 6th Infantry Division in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte identified the fatality by his alias in the terror group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, “Tantung Kamad.” It added that the bombmaker’s identity was confirmed by his former companions in the BIFF who had surrendered to units of the 6th ID early on.

Brig. Gen. Oriel L. Pangcog, commander of the Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade, said the incident happened in Barangay Malangog, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao del Sur on Saturday afternoon.

The fatality was reportedly trained in fabrication and handling of improvised explosive devices using ammonium nitrate, or potassium chlorate as blasting charges or mortar projectiles rigged with blasting contraptions by the slain Malaysian terrorist Marwan, whose real name is Zulkifli Bin Hir. — John Felix M. Unson