Thursday, February 25, 2010

2 improvised bombs found in Davao City

MANILA, Philippines - Two apparent improvised bombs were found in separate public places in Davao City Thursday late afternoon.

The first improvised explosive device (IED) was found inside a comfort room for women in Davao City Hall and was immediately reported to the police.

Members of the explosive and ordnance division of the Davao City police and Task Force Davao responded immediately.

Police immediately ordered the evacuation of all employees and people from the Davao City Hall.

Police said the carton box contained 2 plastic bottles containing what appeared to be ammonium nitrate with white and red electrical wires attached to it and to a suspected cellphone circuit board.

The IED was neutralized by police using a water-cannon disruptor.

After a few minutes, another call to the city’s Emergency 911 reported another possible IED discovered outside the gate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) building in Tionko Street.

Police immediately cordoned off the area, and the IED was also “disrupted.”

The device found at the fence of the BSP was similar to the IED found at city hall.

Police said that the devices would be subjected to chemical analysis to determine if they contained ammonium nitrate. The chemical is a component in improvised bombs.

Police are still investigating the possible culprits and motives behind the two incidents.

Identical and meant to scare

A military spokesman, meanwhile, already confirmed that the devices found in Davao City were bombs and were identical.

“They were identical,” said Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command.

He said the devices were composed of a cellphone, batteries, blasting caps, circuit boards, toggle switch and ammonium nitrate placed in plastic bottle.

Cabangbang said the bombs, however, lacked booster and shrapnel.

“They were crudely made, meaning it is not their intent to harm but merely to scare. Its not meant to harm,” he said. With reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao and Noel Alamar, dzMM

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