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PIA Press Release
2007/04/30

Police recovers improvised explosive in Tacurong City

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat (30 April) -- An improvised Explosive Device (IED) placed in a plastic bag was recovered particularly at the rear side COMPAC 1 Headquarters of TacurongCity Police Station staffed by the 1st Company, Regional Mobile Group (RMG) 12.

PCSupt. Felizardo Serapio Jr., regional director, Police Regional Office (PRO 12) said that the guard on duty, PO1 Darwin Lopez noticed the suspicious plastic bag around 07:15 o’ clock in the evening. Sensing clear danger, he immediately retrieved and transferred the item in a pile of used tires 20 meters away from the post.

Without delay, joint teams of Tacurong City Police Station and Task Force Talakudong of the Philippine Army (PA) secured the area while the Explosive Ordinance Division Team of Sultan Kudarat Provincial Police Office (SKPPO) and Philippine Army Battalion disposed the item which was found to be an IED.

Investigation revealed that the components of the recovered IED were composed of an aluminum tin can which serves as a container, an estimated one kilo of an explosive filler, three nine volts DC batteries which serves as power source, one booster charge for 60 mm, one improvised electric blasting cap, two DC batteries connector, estimated half kilo #1 concrete nails, one intercom receiver, one DC battery kit and one push. The specimen explosive filler was turned over to PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) 12 for examination.

Serapio hailed its policemen for once again preempting another incident that could have disrupted public safety and security in the region. He said it is the PNP’s response in preventing crime and terrorist attacks and “strengthening the protective layers that have helped harden the target against potential victimization of the community.”

“Let us continue to do what we ought to because it is our duty. May this serve as an inspiration for all PNP members as we continue to work as one with our partners in the community – for safer streets and secured neighborhood,” he added. (PIA SarGen/RPIO-PRO 12) [top]

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