Bomb 'courier' arrested in N. Cotabato

By Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Oct 05 2013 04:45 PM | Updated as of Oct 06 2013 12:45 AM

NORTH COTABATO – An improvised bomb was recovered in a terminal at Brgy. Poblacion 8, Midsayap town North Cotabato at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said they received information from the National Bureau of Investigation that a bomb will be transported from Midsayap town.

The courier was said to be riding a motorcycle bearing plate number 5743, wearing a red jacket and will be carrying a white box filled with “durian.”

Upon receiving the said information, Midsayap Police alerted their forces in Poblacion 8 near the terminal and positively identified the description given by the source.

Authorities said when they were about to apprehend the suspect he tried to run but was later arrested.

The area was cordoned off as a K9 unit checked the box and turned out to be an improvised explosive device (IED).

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team immediately disarmed the bomb before it can cause harm to the public.

The suspect was identified as Abdulgani Malang Abas, 44, a resident of Brgy. Olandang, Midsayap.

Initial investigation showed that the courier was supposed to ride a Weena bus to Cotabato City.