Sunday, June 15, 2014
CABANATUAN CITY – An abandoned bag suspected to contain a bomb has triggered panic in a street here, only to yield a harmless lunch box by bomb disposal operatives.
Police Superintendent Pedro Soliba, police station commander, said the bag supposedly filled with bomb was found along Cornejo Street, Barangay Sangitan West at around 5:30 pm Thursday.
Soliba said a certain Ricky Saurnido, helper of MRF Tyres spotted the object and called the attention of the police.
The area was immediately cordoned off by joint elements of the Cabanatuan City police and the provincial public safety company (PPSC) which also sought the help of the 15th explosives and ordnance detection team (EODT) based at the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation in Palayan City.
Soliba said that after a thorough search by the EODT led by Army Sergeant Victorino F Alcantara, the bag was declared negative for explosives.
Instead, what was recovered was a lunch box wrapped with tape with attached wires, cellular phone battery and a clock, all apparently mistaken for bomb-triggering devices. (Manny Galvez)