Explosion hits Bilibid's maximum security compound

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — An explosion hit the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City Friday morning.

The Metro Manila police said an improvised explosive device went off in Quadrant 4 at around 10:00 a.m., while demolition operations were in progress to clear Quadrant 1 of illegal structures or kubol.

Police said Quadrant 4 is where convicted extremist offenders are detained, including members of terrorist groups Abu Sayyaf, Maute, Rajah Solaiman, and Jemaah Islamiyah. Some convicted members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the former rebel group that signed a peace deal with the government, are also there.

Two hand grenades and two blasting caps were also recovered from the inmates' shelters.

No one was hurt in the incident, police said.

Authorities admit there was a major security breach.

“Yung pag trigger nun ang ating iniimbestigahan. Pwedeng ito ay pinain para sa mga personnel natin na nagsasagawa ng demolition ng mga illegal structures," said Major General Guillermo Eleazar, outgoing National Capital Regional Police Officer Regional Director.

[Translation: We will investigate how it was triggered. This explosion may be a bait for our personnel who are doing demolition of illegal structures.]

The Department of Justice's oversight committee has directed BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag to launch an investigation and submit a report to the department. The oversight committee was formed to closely monitor the BuCor following revelations of money-making schemes and other irregularities in the bureau.

BuCor spokesperson Maj. Wena Fe Dalagan said authorities are now investigating the incident, including how the IED was brought inside the national penitentiary. She told CNN Philippines the demolition will continue to clear the remaining 20 percent of the maximum security compound of illegal structures.

CNN Philippines' AC Nicholls contributed to this report.