Engineer killed trying to open vintage bomb in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Mar) – An engineer from Cebu was killed after a vintage bomb that he supposedly believed contained some gold suddenly exploded while he was attempting to open it in a village in the outskirts of Polomolok town, South Cotabato on Monday.

Lt. Col. Marvin Duadua, chief of the Polomolok municipal police station, said Tuesday that victim Vincent Degula, 40, was reportedly trying to take the bomb apart using an electric grinder at a house in Sitio Lamkwa, Barangay Maligo when it blew up past 9 a.m.

He said Degula, who was a contractor and temporarily residing in Purok Hechanova of Barangay Poblacion, was just visiting the village when the incident happened.

Based on their investigation, Duadua said the engineer came to the area along with Pastor Moises Villar and Nestor Fundar as he was reportedly to acquire a property there.

The three later proceeded to the house of a local resident identified as Joseph Namion and Degula requested to get power connection for his electric grinder.

Citing Villar’s accounts, Duadua said the victim brought a “cylinder looking metal” to the house and started working on it using the grinder.

The suspected vintage bomb was around 12 to 15 inches long and five inches in diameter, he said.

At that time, Namion and Fundar went to a nearby store to buy instant coffee while Villar was left with the victim.

The police official said Villar reportedly warned the victim that the item could be a bomb and might explode but the latter reportedly insisted that it contained gold.

“But moments later, it suddenly exploded, killing the victim instantly,” Duadua said in a radio interview.

Villar, who was then urinating near a pineapple plantation around seven to eight meters away from the house, was reportedly thrown away by the impact of the explosion but was unhurt.

Namion and Fundar, who were then walking towards the house, were also spared but felt the heavy blow from the blast.

Duadua said they were still determining where the vintage bomb was recovered as it was not reportedly from the area.

“According to our witnesses, the victim already had it when he came to the area,” he added. (MindaNews)