Two policemen and two civilians got killed while at least eight other people were injured when a “vintage bomb” exploded at a junkshop in Taguig City Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Killed on the spot were PO3 Elizalde Bisaya and junkshop employee Crisanto Daguio while PO2 Jose Toralba and Riza Romualdo, who owns a nearby bakery, died while being taken to the hospital, National Capital Region Police chief Dir. Alan Purisima said.
Eight other people, including PO2 Arnold Mayo who is in serious condition, are presently being treated at the hospital.
All the policemen are members of the elite PNP Special Action Force’s Explosives and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, Purisima said.
The explosion occurred around 3 p.m. near the corner of Daisy and Sto Niño sts., Purok 1, Brgy. Lower Bicutan.
“Allegedly ay nakita nila (policemen) ‘yung bomba somewhere then dinala sa talyer para i-defuse, parang binubuksan,” Purisima said in a phone interview.
Initial investigation indicated that Daguio tried to defuse the bomb using a wrench but failed, so he used a welding machine, causing the explosion.
The scene is just about 3 kilometers from the NCRPO’s Camp Bagong Diwa headquarters and field reports state that a “vintage bomb” went off, NCRPO spokesman Supt. Danilo Pecaño said.
“Inaalam pa natin ngayon kung saan nakuha ‘yung bomba, baka sa malapit lang, or kung may nag-surrender nito,” Purisima said. (John Roson)
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