Police: Zambo blasts meant for cops

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – Late Sunday’s twin bomb explosions appeared to be meant for the first responders such as the explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) team and policemen, a police official said.

Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga City Police Office director, said Monday that the first explosion was on “low order” as it did not hurt anyone nor create damage.

The first explosion occurred around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the second floor of a building occupied by a massage parlor along Tomas Claudio Street, downtown.

The second blast, which Casimiro described as coming from a “high order” explosive, occurred 15 minutes later at the ground floor of the same building occupied by a karaoke bar.

Casimiro said low order explosive refers to a “weak” bomb intended only to attract attention, and high order as a “strong” explosive designed to inflict injuries or death.

He disclosed that both improvised bombs were classified as ammonium nitrate fuel oil explosives.

No one was either killed or injured in the first explosion while PO2 Franklin Ined, a member of the EOD team of the city police, and a bomb-sniffing dog named “Diego” were injured in the second explosion.

Casimiro said the suspect waited for the EOD team and other policemen to come before detonating the second improvised bomb.

“We believed that the first responders were the targets as it (the second bomb) was command-detonated,” Casimiro said citing the improvised bombs uses were cellphone-triggered explosives.

He said Ined underwent surgery and “is now in stable condition.”

He said that city veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola, City Veterinarian had treated “Diego,” who was slightly injured.

He said the dog will undergo rehabilitation to determine if he could still serve with the K9 unit.

Casimiro has released Monday the artist’s and computer-generated sketches of the suspect based on the description provided to them by witnesses.

He described the suspect as 25-27 years old, medium built, and with fair complexion. (MindaNews)