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2 men abandon car with grenades, gun

Two men’s possible criminal intention was foiled after police recovered hand grenades and a firearm from a vehicle they abandoned in the middle of traffic during brief pursuit in Manila Saturday night.

The unidentified suspects escaped.

Police said the suspects on board a sports utility vehicle overtook an Oplan Sita or a checkpoint at the corner of Nepomuceno and Legarda Streets in Barangay 387, zone 40, Quiapo, Manila, at 7:40 p.m.

Police immediately chased the speeding vehicle.

When the suspects were about to be cornered at the intersection on Claro M. Recto Avenue as the traffic stopped for a red light, two men opted to get out of the vehicle and run away, abandoning the SUV and some valuables inside.

Police inspected the vehicle and discovered a suspicious sling bag which later found to be containing two hand grenades, one with intact pin and the other sealed with a electrical tape.

A .45-caliber Armscor gun loaded with ammunition was also found underneath the driver’s seat.

Operatives from the Manila Police District – Explosive and Ordnance Division secured the pieces of evidence and took them for safekeeping pending investigation.

Police said several documents such as identification cards bearing name of one Mico. S. Sarangani, of 110-B Lanao Street, Salam Mosque Compound, Quezon City, government IDs bearing the name of Norodin Silongan Tasil, and two Western Union receipts with sender name Saada K. Abdullah and addressed to Tasil.

Investigators are looking into the connection of the discovered IDs and the remittance receipts to the found grenades and handgun.

Further investigation revealed that the Toyota Fortuner (AQA 5094) abandoned by the suspects was owned by Romina D. Abubakar of 131 Mujahedeen Salam Compound, Culiat, Tandang Sora, Quezon City. (BETHEENA KAE UNITE)