Probe on Zambo bus bombing attempt on

July 5, 2009 10:30 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 5 — City police explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) personnel are conducting a thorough investigation to unmask the people behind the bombing attempt two days ago on a commuter bus in this southern port city.

Residue samples of the bombs they detonated Friday night were brought to the police crime laboratory to compare them with the contents of other improvised bombs they earlier recovered to determine the explosive signature.

The ZCPO said they could have an idea who were the people behind the latest bombing attempt on the bus of a lone transport company servicing the region once they could established the bomb signature.

The local police said the recovered two improvised bombs had six blasting caps, wires, nine-volt battery, Christmas light bulbs and two pipe tubes filled with black powder.

The explosives, dubbed as pipe-bombs, have a timer as triggering device, the police said.

The police said the bombs were recovered by a teenager while cleaning the bus few minutes after its arrival at the transport terminal in Barangay Guiwan, east of this city, coming from Pagadian City.

The bus arrived in Zamboanga City around 10 p.m. Friday and is set to leave the next day.

The explosives, placed in a plastic bag were left under one of the seats at the rear portion of the bus.

The teenager brought the plastic bag together with its content to the bus terminal’s Police Assistance Center, (PAC) prompting the duty policemen to seek the assistance of the EOD personnel. (PNA)

RMA/Teofilo P. Garcia/rsm

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