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Cotabato City police foil bombing attempt

Local News • 05:11 AM Tue Apr 19, 2016
Edwin O. Fernandez

COTABATO CITY -- Police bomb experts on Monday morning defused a powerful improvised explosive device planted beside the barangay hall of Rosary Heights 10, Cotabato City.The IED, fashioned from two rounds of M-203 rifle grenade attached to one MK-2 fragmentation grenade with mobile phone as trigger mechanism, was safely deactivated at 11:40 a.m., a police report said.After the deactivation process, police bomb experts also found switch diagram, wires and 9 volts battery.It was not clear to whom the IED was meant for and who was behind the attempt.Senior Insp. Roel Zafra, Cotabato City PNP spokesperson,investigation was still going on. This is a high caliber bomb, it was meant to kill or maim people, Zafra said, adding that had it exploded it could have damaged the village hall. We are looking at one or two groups to be behind the attempt, he said.

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