MILITARY EOD TEAM DISARMS BOMB FOUND AT MAGUINDANAO BUS TERMINAL

MILITARY EOD TEAM DISARMS BOMB FOUND AT MAGUINDANAO BUS TERMINAL

COTABATO CITY — Military bomb disposal experts on Thursday safely disarmed a bomb found at the public bus terminal in Barangay Poblacion, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

A report from the military’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit said the bomb was rigged from a 61-mm mortar explosive that was placed inside a black bag and left at the passengers’ lounge of the terminal.

Alert bus terminal personnel reported to authorities on the discovery of the bomb around 2:15 p.m, which prompted the EOD team to rush to the scene and safely cordoned the area from the public.

Aside from the mortar explosive, also recovered from the bag were an MK2 hand grenade, a blasting cap, detonating cord, and a nine-volt battery.

Authorities are still verifying reports that a young boy earlier dropped off the bag containing the bomb at the terminal. Noel Y. Punzalan/PNA/northboundasia.com