Isabela City, Basilan: Government security forces have foiled a bombing attempt late Wednesday in this city, a top police official disclosed.
Supt. Albert Larubis, local police chief, said Thursday the bombing attempt was foiled after a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Kaumpurnah Zone 3, this city.
Larubis said the IED, which was concealed in a plastic container sealed with packing tape, was placed under a foot bridge in front of the residence of Ayub Abdil and near the residence of Mayor Muctar Junaid of Tabuan Lasa, this province.
Larubis said the IED was found by Hadji Aradji Jauhari, one of the Tabuan Lasa’s municipal guards, who immediately reported to the local police. Jauhari also owns a house in the area.
Larubis said they immediately sealed off the area and verification by the bomb-sniffing dog “revealed positive indication of an explosive material.”
He said the police and military explosive ordnance demolition personnel rendered safe procedure twice as the first disruption did not fully disarmed the IED.
He said investigation showed the IED is powerful since its main charge consisted of 60-milimeter (mm) and 81-mm mortar ammunitions.
He said the other components of the IED were four bottles of Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil (ANFO) explosive mixtures, one booster explosive, several pieces of one-inch concrete nails, stranded electrical wires and a radio transceiver as the triggering device.
He said investigation continues in a bid to identify the people behind the bombing attempt.
Larubis said they have tightened security in coordination with the military forces to thwart bombing attempts in this city.