Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bomb blast hits Zamboanga City police station

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 4): Bomb blast hits Zamboanga City police station

Police and military authorities are conducting thorough probe to establish the motive as well as unmask the suspects behind Good Friday’s improvised bomb explosion at a police station in this city.

Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga City police director, said three people were injured in the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) around 7:55 p.m. Friday in front of the Police Station 9 in Barangay Ayala.

One of the three victims was identified as Marvin Esperat, 14, the son of a civilian employee with the police station.

Esperat was critically injured and has immediately undergone surgery.

The other two victims identified as Magdalena Araneta, 61 and Ofelia Enriquez, 71, were slightly injured.

They were passing by on their way home when the IED exploded.

Casimiro said initial investigation showed the IED was placed on an impounded pick-up vehicle parked in front of the police station.

Casimiro said the explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) have yet to establish the type of IED used although the blast site is positive for ammonium nitrate.

The blast shattered window glasses of the police station and a nearby house.

The police station was said to have received threats after they detained three persons arrested in an anti-drug campaign.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has assured that the city government will shoulder the medical expenses of the victims.

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