Airport security beefed up after foiled car bombing

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2014 04:59 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2014 12:59 AM

MANILA - Police have beefed up security at all airport terminals in the capital following the seizure of explosives inside a parked vehicle at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

Chief Supt. Christopher Laxa, director of the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group, said he has ordered more than 200 police, including those who are off duty, to secure the airport terminals.

This is an increase from the usual 175 personnel guarding NAIA's four terminals on ordinary days.

Members of the elite Special Operations Unit roamed around the terminals on Monday morning along with airport police and security guards.

Personnel with bomb-sniffing dogs also did the rounds of the terminal, including the parking area at NAIA-3 where agents of the National Bureau of Investigation intercepted the vehicle loaded with explosives.

"I told them to maximize police visibility and foot patrols at all terminals," Laxa told ABS-CBN News.

Police have arrested three suspects in connection with a foiled car bomb attack at NAIA-3 Monday morning.

The Manila International Airport Authority said a white Toyota Revo with plate numer WMK 129 was intercepted at the NAIA Terminal 3 parking lot B loaded with 6 to 8 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at around 1:45 a.m.

Three suspects were arrested by elements of the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD), and NBI Counter-Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD).

Aside from the IEDs, several firearms were also seized from the suspects.

Airport sources said the suspects were apprehended while they were assembling the IEDs inside the vehicle parked at the NAIA 3 open parking lot.