Cops foil bombing attempt in Sultan Kudarat festival

Local News • Thu Nov 23, 2017 07:42 AM  •  215   0
By Edwin O. Fernandez
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Participants to the annual Kalimudan Festival in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat perform during the showdown of street dancing contest. (Kalimudan FB page)
Participants to the annual Kalimudan Festival in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat perform during the showdown of street dancing contest. (Kalimudan FB page)
ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat – Civilians and police authorities prevented Wednesday night what could have been a bloody culmination program of a festival here after a bombing attempt was foiled.  

Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, Sultan Kudarat police provincial director, said police force multipliers discovered a suspected bomb left at a roadside in Barangay Kalawag here where people had been gathering for the weeklong “Kalimudan Festival” (gathering of people for thanksgiving).  

Supiter told DXOM-AM Radyo Bida Koronadal police bomb experts were quickly deployed and disarmed a powerful improvised explosive device made of black powder, cut nails and metal sheets with torch as triggering device at past 9:30 p.m.  

He said it was placed by still unidentified men in the middle of parked vehicles near the main entrance of provincial capitol grounds, the venue of culminating program.  

Supiter said the IED could blow up a car and could send its metal shrapnel to as far as 500 meters away had it exploded.  

He lauded the alert civilians tasked by police to serve as eyes and ears against lawless elements out to disrupt the festival.  

Following the attempt, more soldiers from the 33rd Infantry Battalion had been deployed since the celebration will continue until December. 
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