Bomb threat causes panic near Oro mall-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
PEDESTRIANS and shoppers felt jittery Friday morning when it was reported there was a bomb placed in a trash bin outside a mall here that turned out to be just a garbage bag.
According to Senior Police Officer 2 Dennis Allan Tingson, team leader of the Explosives Ordnance Division (EOD) of the Cagayan de Oro City Police office (Cocpo), they received a call from one of the security guards from the mall regarding a possible bomb.
“Around 10:00 a.m. a security guard from Gaisano Mall (informed) us of a possible bomb outside the mall along Corrales street,” he said.
EOD units led by Tingson immediately responded to the scene and cordoned the area and secured the perimeter to keep the people safe.
In response, police officers cordoned off a portion of an area along Corrales street near the Gaisano Mall.
Passersby and people going out of the mall had to be diverted so they can keep a distance.
“Gipalayo pud namo ang mga tao as SOP kung naai threats sa pagpamomba (We kept the people away from the area as a standard operating procedure during bomb threats),” said Tingson.
When the area was cordoned the EOD unit deployed the bomb-sniffing dogs to detect the location of the bomb and to confirm if it was actually a bomb.
“That is part of our clearing operations,” said Tingson on the cordoning and the deployment of EOD’s K-9 units.
After a few minutes, the dogs did not show any indication of a presence of any bomb in the area so the responding units checked the suspected item.
They found out the supposed bomb was just trash contained in a clear plastic bag.
EOD then announced that it was a false alarm but the people should remain vigilant at all times.
After declaring the area as free from bomb threats, people were relieved and returned back to their normal flow as the group packed their equipment and left the area.
The city had experienced bombing explosions in the past, the worst of which happened outside a bistro at the Lim Ket Kai Center that killed six people and injured dozens of others last July 26. (Anjo J. Bacarisas)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 05, 2013.