A concerned citizen and the military’s quick response prevented what could have been a bloody Saturday here when he became suspicious of a yellow sack left unattended at a terminal and alerted the Army.
Colonel Prudencio Asto, spokesperson of the 6th Infantry Division, quoting a report from the military-led Task Force Talakudong, said the sack contained a powerful improvised explosive device with mobile phone as its trigger mechanism.
He said the explosive was discovered and defused by Army bomb experts shortly after noon at a road leading to the Tacurong City bus terminal.
A certain Rolly (his family name was withheld for security reason) saw a man disembarked from multi-cab passenger jeep carrying a yellow sack.
He noticed the man left but did not carry the sack triggering suspicion on the part of Rolly. He then alerted the Army by phone.
Bomb experts investigation showed the IEDs were fashioned from 81 mm mortar, a nine-volt battery and a mobile phone serving as trigger mechanism.