Cop hurt in Cotabato City blast PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 October 2011 16:29

A policeman was slightly hurt when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off along a busy street in Cotabato City, police said Friday.
Cotabato City police director Senior Supt. Roberto Badian said the blast occurred near Café Florencio and Side Out Badminton Court along Sinsuat Avenue at about 9:30 a.m.

The explosion came two nights after an IED went off in Zamboanga City that left one person dead and six others wounded. Two other IEDs were found in Zamboanga City.

“A very powerful bomb I believed, as if there was an earthquake after the blast,” Rosanna Bulit, a sidewalk vendor told reporters.

Another witness, an aircon technician across the blast site, said he saw a man hurriedly leaving the vicinity after the powerful explosion.

Police bomb experts said the explosive could be made of claymore mine with blasting caps as triggering device.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack but police investigators said there were similarities between today’s bomb and the previous bomb explosions in the city.

Badian said the police were responding to a report that a suspicious bag was left unattended near an Acacia tree.

When the police arrived, the bomb went off, hurting one of the cops identified as PO3 Jose Gomez.

Police have been placed on heightened alert since last week due to skirmishes in Zamboanga Sibugay and Basilan.