Bomb defused in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – A bombing attempt was foiled late Monday in Isabela City, Basilan province, a police official said.

Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabela City police chief, said this came about after police and military bomb experts recovered and defused a cellphone-triggered improvised explosive.

Larubis said the improvised bomb, which was placed inside a cooking pot wrapped with packaging tape, was discovered around 8:30 p.m. Monday at a gasoline station in Barangay Riverside, Isabela City.

He said the bomb was classified as ammonium nitrate fuel oil.

The police official said investigation showed the explosive was left by two persons who came aboard a motorcycle about 6:30 p.m. Monday at the gasoline station.

He said no one was able to recognize the suspects since the driver was wearing ski mask while his companion covered his face with a handkerchief.

“The explosive was successfully disarmed,” Larubis said.

He said the improvised bomb components included parts of a cellphone as the triggering mechanism and ammonium nitrate. (MindaNews)