Saturday, May 9, 2009

'Young' K9 mistakes packages for explosives in Davao Norte

MANILA, Philippines - A "young" K-9 bomb-sniffing dog caused tension in a church in Tagum City in Davao del Norte province last Sunday by mistakenly identifying two packages as bombs.

Online news site Mindanao Daily Mirror reported Wednesday that the head of Tagum City police admitted the "expensive" K-9 made a mistake in the incident.

Superintendent Gussepe Geralde admitted the K-9 dog needs re-training since it is still young, the report said.

Police had brought the dog to the Christ the King Cathedral Sunday night following reports that suspicious packages had been found in the vicinity.

The incident happened a day after two bombs exploded inside two Husky bus units at a bus terminal in Koronadal City which wounded five persons.

The dog sat near the packages supposedly to indicate that they contained explosives. But Geralde said the packages were found negative for explosives.

Instead, the packs contained an empty plastic container, an AA-size battery, and a short electric wire.

Post-blast investigators also failed to find an alarm clock that a church guard claimed he had seen inside the package.

Geralde said the wire found in the plastic bag might have been used during the re-wiring of the church’s electrical lines, and the empty plastic bottle could belong to a church worker.

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