OLONGAPO CITY: Civilians and police authorities prevented an attempt to bomb a bank here when they discovered an improvised explosive device (IED) sealed inside a trash bin on Monday morning. Olongapo City Police Station 1 Chief Zaldy Lising and Deputy DaniloCañutal said the successful operation came after a tipster called them of the suspicious trash and the timely response of police units who cordoned the area from civilians and conducted a safety check. According to the police report, the IED fashioned from three bottles of gas thinner and a clock wrapped with electrical wires and a blasting cap linked to a 9-volt and 1.5-volt (AAA) batteries was discovered by an unidentified scavenger who informed the security guard of Land Bank. Anthony D. Cabiscuelas, guard on duty, reported the incident to the OCPO TOC afterwards. Lising lauded the scavenger and Cabiscuelas for their quick reporting resulting to the timely action by law enforcers. “Without the alertness and participation of the community, the IED could have hurt or killed innocent civilians,” he said. “However, we consider this as an isolated case and I can assure the public that there are no terrorism threats in the city,” he added.