Cops foil bomb plot in Zambo capitol building
Roel Pareño ( - June 24, 2016 - 4:26pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Government security forces recovered an improvised bomb and foiled the bombing attempt Thursday night at the provincial capitol building of Zamboanga Sibugay, according to police.

Police Superintendent Rogelio Alabata, spokesman of Police Region Office 9 (PRO), said the improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered about 5:10 p.m. by a guard on duty who was roving the capitol building in Ipil town.

Alabata said the provincial security guard immediately alerted the Ipil Police Station.

The Explosive Ordnance and Disposal (EOD) unit and the K9 team of the Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office immediately conducted a clearing operation and found a bomb on the ground floor of the capital.

Alabata said the bomb experts secured the IED outside the building and defused it using water disruptor.

He said they are still trying to determine the type of bomb used in the foiled attack while investigation is ongoing.

The Zamboanga Sibugay police have yet to identify the culprits and their motive for the bomb plot. 

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