The explosive device was found at around 1:30 pm in Barangay Poblacion, town of Ampatuan after a concerned civilian reported the presence of a suspicious unattended baggage placed inside a sack.
The troops immediately secured the area and coordinated with the 32nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal for proper detonation of the recovered explosive.
Joint Task Force Central Commander, Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana said that the explosive device has the capacity to inflict damage on the commuters passing by and even the residents living near the area if it had not been found.
He also expressed his gratitude for the continued support and cooperation of the civilians that prevented the bombing plot.
Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command lauded the troops for being very vigilant and alert. “We encourage each and every one to immediately coordinate with your armed forces whenever you see abandoned items in your vicinity,” he added.