Monday, March 7, 2016

Police convoy nearly hits landmine

MASBATE CITY, March 5 (PNA) -- A police convoy narrowly missed an improvised explosive device (IED) that exploded along the national road of Barangay Mintac, Cataingan, Masbate on Thursday afternoon, a belated police report said Saturday.

The convoy led by Police Supt. Brian B. Castillo, deputy director for operations of the Masbate Police Provincial Office, was going back to Masbate City from Pio V. Corpuz town at about 1:23 p.m. when the incident occurred.

The police troop had just attended a turnover ceremony of a school building project donated by the Masbate Gold Project to Barangay Buenasuerte in Pio V. Corpus town.

The school building was built by the 565th Engineer Construction Battalion of the 51st Engineer Brigade of the Philippine Army.

The police provided security during the occasion.

No one was hurt during explosion but the left and front windshields of the police's Hilux patrol car were damaged.

Police and military elements immediately scoured the area to hunt down the perpetrators of the IED explosion.

The leadership of the Masbate Special Operations Task Force-Masbate condemned the attack using IED and immediately conducted an investigation into the incident.

It, however, could not say yet who were behind the afternoon IED explosion or whether it was related to the coming May 9 elections.(PNA) RMA/FGS/NBT/CBD/pjn