Zamboanga del Sur bridge bombed

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: An improvised bomb planted under a bridge exploded in the town of Buug in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, police said on Friday.

Police said the blast, which occurred on Thursday, caused panic among villagers in Muyo, but the explosion did not damage the bridge, which remains passable to vehicles.

Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said no individual or group claimed responsibility for the bombing of Muyo Bridge. “Police are still investigating the bombing and who was behind it,” he said, adding no was injured in the attack.

Police also blasted a suspi-cious bag earlier on Thursday after it was left inside the rest room of a courier company in nearby Pagadian City.


The bag was carefully removed by bomb experts deployed by the police and safely blasted it outside the building using water jet disruptor, used to disable an explosive device through a shot of water to pierce thin walled items, such as packages and bags, or briefcases, to destroy any circuitry before detonation occurs.

Police said no bomb or explosive was found in the bag left inside the restroom of the courier firm 2GO at the second floor of Lugay Building in downtown Pagadian. It was not immediately known who left the bag in the restroom.

In August, a bag left on a roadside in the business center of Pagadian was also disrupted by the police on suspicion it contained an improvised explosive.

The bag was abandoned in front of Master Hardware along Rizal Street and inspected by members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, who used water jet disruptor to disable any electronic component in the bag, which only yielded an aluminum cooking pot and a pair of slippers.

A car abandoned for days at the Gaisano Mall parking area in Pagadian was also destroyed by the police on suspicion it contained ex-plosives, but no bombs had been found in the vehicle.

But in May, a homemade bomb exploded in front of the mall and although there were no casualties, the blast damaged several parked cars.

Transmission tower blasted

In Kabacan, North Cotabato, a powerful explosion toppled a steel tower of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) on Thursday evening.

Reports at the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame said the powerful explosion occurred at around 7:20 p.m. at the vicinity of Sitio Malabuaya, Barangay Kayaga of the said municipality.

The reports said the explosion totally damaged 1 Transco Tower of NGCP rendering nearby villages and towns being in the dark for several hours.

Power was restored later while police are now investigating the blast site.

WITH REPORT FROM ANTHONY VARGAS

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