Police recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) that reportedly malfunctioned in an attempted attack in front of a department store in Koronadal City on Saturday night.
Supt. Benjiel Kirby Bajo, Koronadal City police chief, said the explosive was found inside a luminous green backpack that was left at the baggage counter of Unitop General Merchandise-Koronadal branch along Osmeña Street in Barangay Zone 2.
He said the store’s baggage attendant and security guard initially reported hearing a low-key explosion emanating from the backpack at around 8:25 p.m.
The official said responding personnel from the city police station and the South Cotabato police’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit discovered an improvised explosive device inside the back pack.
Source: Philippine News Agency