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Bomb attack averted

Soldiers averted a possible explosion with the discovery of an improvised bomb in a cemetery in Sulu Saturday morning.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of Joint Task Group Sulu said K9 and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) teams of the 2nd Marine Brigade were conducting panelling operation at the Mt. Carmel cemetery around 7:00 a.m. when they discovered the improvised explosive device (IED).

The IED was placed inside a bag with a 10 liter plastic container.

At around 8:20 a.m., the EOD team disrupted the said IED and discovered that the container contained ammonium nitrate and a cellphone detonator.

Arrojado said the K9 and EOD teams continued to conduct their panelling of the cemetery to ensure the safety of visitors who will pay homage to their departed loved ones.

Meanwhile, battalions and brigades under the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division were directed to coordinate with Philippine National Police (PNP) units within their respective area of responsibilities for whatever support that may be extended to ensure a peaceful observance of “undas”. (Elena L. Aben)