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Abandoned motorcycle stirs up bomb scare outside Army headquarters

/ 07:29 PM July 17, 2019
Abandoned motorcycle stirs up bomb scare at Army headquarters

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army

MANILA, Philippines — An abandoned motorcycle outside the gate of the Philippine Army headquarters caused an alarm on Wednesday, prompting the response of the military’s bomb sniffing K-9 unit.

The suspicious motorcycle was found at about 12 noon at the gate of the Philippine Army Wellness Center along Lawton Avenue in Taguig City, said Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala.

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This prompted the Military Police Battalion to cordon off the area while the K-9 Battalion sent its working dogs to find out if explosives may be present.

Zagala said that the bomb-sniffing dogs appeared to have sniffed out “traces of explosives,” causing them to conduct water disruption.

“In compliance to protocol, the explosives and ordnance unit of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army conducted water disruption on the motorcycle as soon as the bomb-sniffing dogs indicated that traces of explosives may be present. There was no explosion as a result of the water disruption,” he said.

The cordoned area was later re-opened to traffic but it remains unknown who left the motorcycle at the gate of the military camp. /jpv

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