An improvised explosive device targeting government official

An improvised bomb exploded in front of the residence of a government official in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a police official said Wednesday, June 1.Superintendent Rogelio Alabata, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) spokesman, disclosed the incident took place shortly before 2 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, at a subdivision in Veteran’s Village, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Alabata said bombed was the residence of lawyer Allan Tolorio of the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro).Alabata said the improvised bomb was placed at main gate of Tolorio’s residence by an unidentified person wearing a hooded jacket around 1:33 a.m., Wednesday, based on the video captured by the security camera.

Investigation showed the improvised bomb was placed in a plastic container and concealed in a plastic bag that was left at the main gate.The explosion, which caused damage to the main gate, had awakened the Tolorio family and their neighbors.

He said the motive of the incident could be work-related since Tolorio has received death threats prior to the incident.

He added that Tolorio has also handled several cases in 2013 before the latter joined the government service.

The police are reviewing the video captured by the security camera as investigation continues in a bid to unmask the suspect, according to Alabata.

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