Suspicious van yields no bomb PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:00

Amid the firefight at the Sta. Barbara-Sta.Catalina battle ground last Thursday afternoon, motorists and passersby were were thrown in panic after a suspicious van was seen parked for several hours along Gov. Camins Avenue fronting the Centro Pastoral.

Policemen temporarily closed the road to traffic and called bomb experts for inspection inspection of the vehicle suspected to be carrying explosives.

The Bomb Squad of the City Police Office arrived and conducted an inspection.

The place returned to normal after the owner of the van arrived and claimed the vehicle.

He explained to the police that he parked his vehicle and went to a nearby store but vigilant residents reported it immediately to the police.

Bomb experts said that the vehicle was negative of explosives and they released it to its owner who left the place after a short conversation with the police.

Meanwhile, the city remains on heightened alert as many roads heading towards the areas of conflict were still closed to traffic as troops continued the clearing operations.

Gunfires were heard yesterday morning in the areas of conflict as troops engaged in a firefight with the MNLF gunmen suspected to be led by Habier Malik. — Dan Toribio Jr.