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Bomb left inside Manila-bound bus in Cavite.

An improvised explosive device was found inside a Manila-bound passenger bus in Dasmarinas City in Cavite province on Thursday.

Edwin Costes, president of the Jasper Jean bus company, said they received a report around 10:30 a.m. Thursday,l that a bomb was found under the seat of the bus while in its terminal in Cavite fetching passengers for Manila.

Costes, quoting reports from the bus driver, said a passenger found a backpack left under the seat. The passenger brought the bag to the attention of the driver, who opened it and found a bomb with a cellphone inside.

The driver asked the passengers to disembark and immediately took the bag with its contents to a nearby police station.

'There are reports that the phone even rang but we are still confirming it,' Costes told the Inquirer. As of 3 p.m., the bus unit was still in the custody of the police undergoing inspection.

'We are still in the process of determining (whether) it's a vintage round or if it's a live round (type of bomb). (But) what is certain is that it has no capacity to explode,' the Cavite police information officer, Supt. Janet Arinabo, said in a text message.

Costes said the company has not received any prior threat and that they have left the investigation to the authorities.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Mar 30, 2017
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