KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/06 January) — Bomb experts defused at noon today an improvised explosive device (IED) the police recovered at the back of their headquarters along Jose P Laurel St. in this city.
Members of the Army’s 63rd Explosives and Ordinance Disposal Team used a ball-charged disruptor to defuse the IED.
The EOD team said the bomb used two 60-mm mortars attached to each other as main charge. A detonating cord was tied to it and to a mobile phone that served as triggering device.
The blasting cap, however, remained missing. The EOD team and the scene of the crime operatives in North Cotabato said the cap could tell if the explosive was set to ignite or not.
The incident occurred during the last day of the sports meet at the Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School, which is just a block away from the police station.
Authorities have yet to know if the latest IED recovery in Kidapawan was connected to the bomb attacks in nearby Tacurong City and Isulan in Sultan Kudarat.
Kidapawan has a new police director, Supt. Joseph Semillano, who assumed the post on Friday from Supt. Renante Cabico. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)