Authorities deactivated an improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly left by two male persons in a residential area in Cotabato City Wednesday night.
City Police Office dispatched a team from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) at Purok 5, Mabini Interior, Bagua 3 after receiving report from concerned citizen of suspicious baggage left by the two suspects on board a trisikad at Malasigan residence.
The police cordoned the area.
The EOD team first tried to blast the suspected bomb at around 8:55 p.m., but failed since it was wrapped with rubber.
The IED, which was later found out to be made of 81 MM mortar, a blasting cap and unknown white granules, was finally destroyed during the second attempt at around 9:40 p.m., with no reported damage to property.
The foiled bombing attempt came days before the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.