Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Box left near US Embassy triggers bomb scare in Manila

A bomb scare gripped an area near the United States Embassy in Manila due to a suspicious-looking box found abandoned in a waiting shed.

Authorities said a resident in the area spotted the box under the bench of one of the waiting sheds along F.B. Harisson Street in Pasay City shortly before 1 p.m.

Operatives from the Special Weapons and Tactics, who were called in to check on the box, blasted the package with water cannon. They, however, found only pieces of paper when they opened it.

“Nang binuksan natin ang package wala namang laman (We found no bomb when we opened the box)," said Pasay City police chief Senior Superintendent Napoleon Cuaton

The incident briefly snarled traffic in the area and caused tension among bystanders nearby.

The portion of F.B. Harrison near the area was closed to traffic and reopened only after 2 p.m.

Last November, tension gripped a portion of Roxas Boulevard near the US Embassy staff house after a bag containing a hand grenade was found there.

November’s incident came after the US and five other countries issued travel advisories on possible terrorist attacks in the Philippines after a foiled bombing attempt ion the US in late October. – Mark D. MerueƱas/KBK, GMANews.TV

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