ZAMBOANGA CITY: Bomb disposal experts from the Philippine Army and police disrupted several grenades crammed in a backpack found near a military base in this city, officials reported on Sunday.
Storeowner Alejandra Lumawan discovered the bag in Malagutay village and immediately informed authorities about it, according to military officials.
Soldiers and policemen cordoned off the area while bomb experts used projected water disruptors to destroy whatever explosives might be found in the bag.
Disruptors use a water-projectile shaped charge (an omni-directional format more commonly referred to as a “bottler”) to destroy improvised explosives by severing any detonation cord inside the device.
The bomb disposal experts did not find any homemade bomb in the bag. However, it contained five 40-millimeter grenades, three fragmentation grenades, a handheld radio transceiver, ammunition, and a pair of short pants, according to Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, a regional police spokesperson.
“A deeper investigation is being conducted by the police in order to determine the identity of the bag owner,” he said.
The discovery of the grenade-filled backpack occurred two weeks following bomb explosions at a massage parlor and karaoke bar that injured a member of the Zamboanga City police bomb squad, PO2 Franklin Manuel Ined, Sr.
Ined was inspecting a suspicious container left inside the Deluxe Massage and Karaoke Bar at Tomas Claudio Street when the bomb inside the container exploded.