ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 4, 2009) – Police disarmed an improvised explosive planted in a commuter bus in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, reports said Saturday.
Reports said a boy cleaning the bus discovered the explosive under a seat late Friday and told police about the bomb. The explosive resembled a pipe bomb and attached to batteries and timer, a report by the ABS-CBN said.
“The boy was alarmed to see batteries and wires sticking out of the package, prompting him to call the police. Elements of the Zamboanga Bomb Squad confirmed that the plastic bag contained an improvised explosive device, which they quickly dismantled,” the report quoted Chief Inspector Diomarie Albarico, of the local police force, as saying.
Police said the bus came from Pagadian City.
Zamboanga City had been previously bombed by the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group and the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels who are fighting for a separate Muslim homeland. (Mindanao Examiner)