Police caution public on recovered unexploded bombs

KORONADAL CITY – Police authorities have called on the public to seek police assistance if they found unexploded ordnance that might explode if it is not properly handled.

PColonel Jemuel Siason, South Cotabato police director, made the announcement after a construction engineer was killed while trying to handling a vintage bomb in Polomolok, South Cotabato last Tuesday.

Police said the victim, Engr. Vincent Claus Degula, 40, died after a vintage bomb he was trying to pry open went off in Barangay maligo, Polomolok town.

Police said the victim tried to open the one-foot long cylindrical ordnance by slicing its upper part with the use of a grinder.

PLt.col. Marvin Duadua, Polomolok police chief, said the victim thought that there was some gold inside the ordnance, which prompted him to open it up.

Siason has ordered police chiefs to intensify the information campaign to the public on how to deal with recovered bombs buried during the Second World War.

“Anybody who finds any explosive should immediately report the matter to police authorities,” Siason said. Joseph Jubelag/Manila Bulletin


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