Pentagon group’s Twitter account suspended for making fun of southern Philippine blasts

PHILIPPINES - The US Department of Defence has suspended the Twitter account of its counter-improvised explosive device group after it cracked a joke about twin blasts in cinemas in Davao City that people in the security circles didn't find funny.

"I just directed the suspension of the @JIEDDO twitter account following inappropriate and offensive tweets," said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little in a tweet Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

On Monday night, two explosive devices went off inside the cinemas of two shopping malls in the southern Philippine city of Davao. At least five people were brought to the hospital complaining of ear ache.

In a tweet spiced with humour, the US Department of Defence's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization remarked: "Were they re-showing Gigli? Bomb explosions at 2 movie theaters in Philippines The IED is a global threat."

Gigli is a widely criticised 2003 American romantic comedy film starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Lainie Kazan.

Little said the joke was "plainly unacceptable."

An attempt by to access @JIEDDO twitter account Thursday afternoon showed it was unavailable.

"Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" says a Twitter notice.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Pentagon's IED group has apologised for the "distasteful comment", adding it was investigating the incident.